Athletes who are subject to anti-doping rules would need a TUE to take a prohibited substance or use a prohibited method. Athletes should verify with ETH-ADA to know to whom they need to apply and if they can apply retroactively.
First, check if the required medication or method they intend to take or use is prohibited as per the WADA Prohibited List.
They have a responsibility to inform their physician(s) that they are an Athlete bound to anti-doping rules. They and their physician(s) should check the Prohibited List for whatever substance/method they are prescribed. If the substance/method is prohibited, discuss non-prohibited alternatives, if there are none, apply for a TUE. Remember athletes have the ultimate responsibility. Contact ETH-ADA if they are having difficulties.
Then, contact ETH-ADA to determine their competition level and TUE application requirements.
If it is determined that they are a National-Level Athlete, they must apply to ETH-ADA in advance, as soon as the need arises, unless there are emergency or exceptional circumstances.
As per the ETH-ADA Rule, National Level Athlete is:
- Any athlete who participates individually or as a team in the international level events and competitions by representing Ethiopia ;
- Any athlete included in the national teams of each sport;
- Any athlete who participates in the national competitions and events organized by the government of Ethiopia, National Federations, Universities and other Organizations;
- If any such Athletes are classified by their respective International Federations as International-Level Athletes then they shall be considered International-Level Athletes (and not National-Level Athletes) for the purposes of these Anti-Doping Rules as well.
For substances prohibited in-competition only, they should apply for a TUE at least 30 days before their next competition. Please refer to the section “How to apply to ETH-ADA for a TUE?” below.
If their level is lower than the “National-Level” as defined above, they are entitled to apply for a retroactive TUE after being tested by ETH-ADA or any other Anti-Doping Organization (ADO). Lower level athletes are defined as those athletes participating in the competitions organized at the regional state level or bellow.
Any regional level athletes can provide ETH-NADO with the TUE application and get the service by fulfilling the requirements and procedures set out for the National Level athletes as per the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemption (ISTUE) and WADC. However, the regional level athlete competing below National level are also classified as being allowed to apply for a retroactive TUE (rather than applying in-advance) by the WADC.
A TUE granted by ETH-ADA is only valid at the national level. If they are, or become an International-Level Athlete, or compete at Major Games, that TUE will not be valid unless it is recognized by the relevant International Federation (IF) or Major Event Organization (MEO). It is their responsibility to check if the ETH-ADA’s TUE is automatically recognized by such IF or MEO.
ETH-ADA can assist them in the determination of their level and TUE application requirements, and, should the need occur; assist them in presenting their ETH-ADA’s TUE to an IF or MEO for recognition.
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