Sanctions for violating anti-doping regulations may range from a reprimand to a lifetime ban. The period of ineligibility may vary depending on the type of anti-doping violation, the circumstances of an individual case, the substance, and the possible repetition of an anti-doping rule violation.
As an athlete, you have the right to request a B sample analysis. You are entitled to a fair hearing and to appeal any decision regarding a positive test or sanction imposed on you following an anti-doping rule violation.
Aside from an imposed sanction, the use of doping has serious consequences four your health, career and reputation:
- Health. Taking doping substances and using banned method may causes long term body damages. It can also lead to numbers of addictions.
- Career. Sanctions for violating anti-doping regulations almost always lead to a playing ban, which is very negative for your career. You can be suspended by your team or even be fired. The financial impact of it could be devastating for you and your family.
- Reputation. If you are caught for doping, this will follow you for the rest of your career. You will be stigmatised and it can have a negative impact on your possible future employments also outside of sport. You might also risk losing your sponsors, which can leave you in a financially difficult situation.