Agreement between RNADA and UEFA for the implementation of anti-doping regulations in continental competitions.
Romanian players that participate in EURO 2016, Champions League and Europa League will be subject to the most intelligent and efficient testing methods.
On January 27th, an agreement was signed at the RNADA headquarters, between the President of the Agency, Mrs. Graziela Elena VAJIALA, and Mr. Marc VOUILLAMOZ, Head of Medical and Anti-Doping at UEFA, – its purpose being the testing of Romanian football players participating in events held under the aegis of UEFA.
In light of this new agreement, RNADA and UEFA share the same objective, to prevent doping in sports and to ensure a level playing field for all athletes that compete in sports. Thus, this agreement allows for the implementation, in the very near future, of new measures meant to increase the efficiency of doping testing and to improve communication regarding coordination and information management.
Under this agreement, UEFA will avoid operational duplication with RNADA on the matter of doping controls and will gain access to whereabouts information and out-of-competition testing plans, including access to information on any athlete tested during each doping testing mission. Furthermore, the document regulates a series of aspects regarding UEFA’s test jurisdiction applicable to the events under its aegis.
As for the most important football competition held this year in Europe – The European Football Championship – France 2016 -, the agreement between RNADA and UEFA provides for a doping prevention strategy devised in two phases – pre-tournament and respectively during tournament.
The implementation of the anti-doping program in the pre-EURO 2016 tournament phase will run from January to April, and it requires a strict compliance by athletes with the regulations on whereabouts information and, implicitly, on out-of-competition testing. As such, the players on the Romanian national football team will be subject to the most efficient and intelligent anti-doping testing methods also applicable to the other 23 teams participating in this major football competition.
The testing schedule coordinated by UEFA prior to, and during, the tournament will be governed by the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations, and the UEFA procedures and sanctions for anti-doping rule violations adhere to the World-Anti Doping Code 2015.
The Agreement drawn between RNADA and UEFA also provides for regular and efficient data and information sharing between the two bodies with an aim to achieve the most effective prevention possible in European football. To this effect, in cooperation with RNADA and other anti-doping organizations from Europe, UEFA will introduce the steroidal module of the Athlete Biological Passport to its testing programme.
On June 10th on Stade De France, the Romanian national team will face the tournament host country team in the EURO 2016 opening match.