2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – pre-event anti-doping program

This measure seeks to deliver an effective pre-Games anti doping program that complies with the World Anti Doping Code for a clean 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

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Why is this important?

  • A rigorous, targeted and comprehensive anti doping program is needed to ensure the integrity of Gold Coast 2018 and Australia’s reputation for hosting major international sporting events.
  • An effective pre-Games anti doping program maximises the prospects for clean competition, improved athlete health and welfare, and legitimate results.
  • Australian athletes will be tested in the 12 months before the April 2018 Games. Approximately 2,600 targeted tests, both within Australia and for Australian athletes overseas will be conducted. Testing will focus on higher rates of doping.
  • Testing for selected international athletes will help to extend anti-doping education and awareness to athletes from countries with less stringent anti-doping programs.
  • As part of the bid for the Games, the Australian Government guaranteed a code-compliant anti-doping regime in Australia. This measure delivers on this commitment.

Who will benefit?

  • Effective pre-Games anti-doping testing will improve athletes’ health and welfare, deterring them from engaging in doping before and during the Games.
  • Selected international athletes expected to compete at the Games will be subject to
  • pre-Games anti-doping testing, as well as education and awareness activities.
  • The Australian community can be confident the nation is hosting a clean and fair Games.

How much will this cost?

This measure will cost $1.5 million from.