Athletes and athlete support personnel play a critical role in helping to protect the integrity of sports at every level.
In this section we present Gran Fondo Argentina’s anti-doping policy, created to guarantee fair play and the integrity of our sport. Access to accurate information ensures that athletes are not only fully prepared for training and competition but also for the important role they play in the broader global anti-doping movement.
Gran Fondo Argentina is committed to hosting a drug-free race in which no athlete is ever cheated by a competitor engaging in the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
The use of banned substances, methods, or taking measures to mask the use of banned substances or methods by any athlete, is cheating and is contrary to good sportsmanship. True sport is one that upholds the principles of fair play, camaraderie, integrity, and ethics.
The World Anti-Doping Code (Code) drawn up by the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) is the fundamental and universal document on which the world anti-doping program in sport is based. Gran Fondo Argentina recognizes the importance of fair sporting competition and expressly adheres to this Code.
Gran Fondo Argentina:
- is a drug-free race.
- opposes doping practices in sports.
- encourages all athletes to compete clean and equally.
- expressly supports the anti-doping Code and WADA policies, and adheres to the list of substances and methods prohibited by them.
List of Substances and Methods Prohibited by WADA
WADA prepares and publishes the Prohibited List (List) each year following an extensive consultation process. The List identifies substances and methods prohibited at all times, in-competition only, and in particular sports. For the most up-to-date information, please visit: www.usada.org/prohibited-list.
A substance or method is included on the List if it meets at least two of the following three criteria:
- It enhances, or has the potential to enhance, sport performance.
- It represents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete.
- It violates the spirit of sport.
Definition of Doping
Doping, as defined by the WADA Anti-doping Code, is the occurrence of one or more of the following anti-doping rule violations:
- Presence of a banned substance or its metabolites or its markers in an athlete’s sample.
- Use or attempted use by an athlete of a banned substance or a banned method.
- Refusing or failing to comply without due justification the obligation to submit a sample collection after notification as authorized by applicable anti-doping rules or other means of preventing sample collection.
- Violation of the applicable requirements regarding the athlete’s availability to submit to testing outside of competition, including failing to provide information on his/her whereabouts and failing to perform the necessary tests based on the rules that comply with the International standard for screening tests.
- Adulteration or attempted adulteration of any part of the doping control.
- Possession of banned substances and banned methods.
- Trafficking or attempted trafficking of a banned substance or method.
- Administration, or attempted administration, to an athlete during or out of competition of any banned method or substance, or assisting, encouraging, assisting, aiding, concealing or any type of complicity that includes a violation, or attempted violation, of an anti-doping rule.
Anti-doping rules at Gran Fondo Argentina:
- Increasing performance by ingesting banned substances, both before and during the race, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
- The use, possession and/or trafficking of banned substances, methods and/or any action deliberately used to conceal the use of banned substances and/or methods on the part of athletes participating at Gran Fondo Argentina is prohibited.
- All participants in the race can be subjected to a doping control test. Gran Fondo Argentina reserves the right to comply with doping controls at all times: before, during and after the race.
- Any violation of the World Anti-Doping Code drawn up by the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) will result in the disqualification of the rider, prohibition of claiming prizes, and a permanent ban from participating at future Gran Fondo Argentina’s races. In the event that the rider is riding for a team, the entire team will be disqualified and expelled from the race.
- Any athlete who refuses to take the anti-doping control will be expelled from the race.
- In the event that an athlete tests positive in the doping control, he/she must reimburse to the organizer for the cost of the doping control. In the event that the athlete is part of a team participating at Gran Fondo Argentina, the entire team will be liable for the damages caused by said athlete.