July 15, 2016 –  The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS), The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), and 14 other leading National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs), today announced the continued success of a global collaborative testing initiative in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The participating organisations worked together to develop a comprehensive, fair, and strategic testing distribution plan to be executed in the six months before the Rio Olympic Games.

Between January 1, 2016 and August 5, 2016, FINA and the 15 NADOs conducted, on average, five to seven out-of-competition tests for each nation’s top ten world-ranked male and female swimmers in every aquatic discipline held at the Olympic Games. During the process, FINA and the NADOs have formally connected on a regular basis, sharing relevant intelligence information, and engaging in cooperative analysis processes. The NADOs took the lead on testing athletes in their individual countries, while FINA coordinated testing for the top swimmers in nations outside of the partnership.

Both FINA and the partner NADOs, appreciated the concerns expressed by athletes about ensuring the integrity of competition, and the initiative was created to guarantee that serious action was taken to ensure that every athlete in an aquatic event will compete on a fair basis when they reach the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The partner organisations and athletes recognise that the international scale of the Olympic Games demands that international sport federations, and NADOs adopt a collaborative and coordinated approach to testing. With improved communication and streamlined processes, the collaboration will advance clean and fair competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“This project proved that through collaborative efforts between anti-doping authorities and sports bodies we were better able to achieve operational efficiencies”, said Khalid Galant, SAIDS CEO. “This is a model that I hope we will see repeated across many sporting disciplines in future.”

“FINA strongly believes in this initiative, working together with these leading NADOs from all around the world. It further demonstrates FINA’s commitment towards a coordinated global effort, in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, said FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu.

“FINA is confident that the plan developed to support this initiative and its execution have been effective, helping protect clean athletes training for the pinnacle of achievement in our sport. FINA will increase its cooperation and partnerships with these NADOs in the coming years. FINA will also continue the rigorous efforts to fight doping in aquatic sports though the end of the year and in the months prior to the FINA World Championships in Budapest 2017.”

The 15 NADOs that supported and participated in the partnership are:

  • Agencia Española de Protección de la Salud en el Deporte (AEPSAD)
  • Agence française de lutte contre le dopage (AFLD)
  • Anti Doping Denmark (ADD)
  • Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands
  • Anti-Doping Singapore
  • Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA)
  • Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES)
  • Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ)
  • Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA)
  • Korea Anti-Doping Agency (KADA)
  • Nationale Anti Doping Agentur (NADA)
  • South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS)
  • Swedish Sports Confederation
  • UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)
  • United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)

As an innovative testing initiative in the anti-doping community, this pilot project will serve as a catalyst for future collaborations, more robust testing programs, and greater fairness across international sport.