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Grounds for Testing


  • Athletes who are registered in the national sports federations according to article 35, section 2 of the Sport Promotion Act and professional cyclists who are registered in the Korea Sports Promotion Foundation under the article 7, section 2 of the Bicycle and Motorboat Racing Act are subject to Testing by the Korea Anti-Doping Agency(KADA).

  • The tests performed by KADA follows the CODE and International Standard for Testing and Investigations including the implementation of testing procedures and test methods that is provided by the World Anti-Doping Agency(WADA).


Regulations and International Standards

Types of Testing


Types of Testing

In-Competition Testing

“In-Competition” is the period commencing 12 hours before a competition in which the athlete is scheduled to participate through the end of such competition and the sample collection process related to such competition. During this period, no in-competition prohibited substances should be present in the athlete’s body. However, International Federations or related Anti-Doping Organizations sometimes define ‘In-Competition’ differently, so it is necessary to check with the related organizations.

Out-of-Competition Testing

“Out-of-Competition” is any period which is not In-Competition. “Out-of-Competition” testing shall be No Advance Notice testing and could be conducted at anytime and at any place including the athlete's place of residence, training or competition, or another location where the athlete can be located. Athletes who are part of the International Federation's or KADA's Registered Testing Pool(RTP) are required to provide whereabouts information.


Candidate for doping test


Only certain athletes are not subject to doping test,
but all athletes are subject to doping test.


Do underage athletes also need to undergo doping tests?

Competitors who are registered with a competition organization must undergo a doping test.

Minors under the age of 18 must also take a doping test if they are registered with a competition organization. The Korea Anti-Ping Committee adjusts the procedure for underage athletes' doping test without affecting the validity of the samples, and has procedures such as accompanying an athlete's representative for the protection of underage players. If underage athletes refuse, avoid and cheat on doping procedures, they may be sanctioned for violating anti-doping rules as 'potentially non-compliant'.
Is an athlete who is not a high level also subject testing?

Yes. All athletes are subject to testing.

Therefore, any athlete who meets the criteria will be selected according to the resources provided by Korea Anti-Doping Agency, International Federation, etc.. The test distribution plan and selection criteria are also to be set up following the resources in a strategical and efficient manner. Athletes who are subject to testing will be selected through ranking order, random selection and target testing.
Does the testing only conduct at the event venue where the competition is held?

The testing may be conducted unexpectedly at other places besides the event venue.

Athletes members of the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee(KSOC) or Korea Paralympic Committee or professional sports federations shall be subject to testing. Both in or out-of-competition tests shall be conducted without notice. Testing procedures may differ from an athlete to another. There might be differences in the number of tests conducted, the organization that is conducting the tests (i.e KADA or International Federation), as well as the type of sample, whether blood test or urine. Therefore, we strongly recommend that athletes are clearly aware of which category they are in and what type of test they should undergo based on their athlete category.

Test Distribution Plan


KADA shall establish a strategic and effective test distribution plan as athletes may not all be tested in accordance with the “International Standards for Testing and Investigation” . Thereby, KADA has been preferentially carrying out the risk assessment for every event. Furthermore, KADA has established a comprehensive review of the physiological factors, compensation and environmental factors as well as history of anti-doping rule violations and investigation for the testing.



Could athletes provide a blood sample instead of urine sample when tested?

Athletes may not choose the type of sample provided for the test.

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