Procedure for Exemption to the 6-Month Written Notice Rule
According to Article 5.6.1 of the World Antidoping Code (the “Code”), if an International or National level athlete in a Registered Testing Pool retires and then wishes to return to active participation in sport, he/she may be granted an exemption to the 6-month written notice rule by WADA, in consultation with the relevant International Federation (IF) and National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) where the strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to an athlete.
An Athlete who wish to benefit from an exemption to the 6-month written notice rule in Article 5.6.1 of the Code shall file a request in writing to his/her NADO and the relevant IF, using the protocol template available on WADA`s website and attached below as well
The request shall be filled with the Antidoping Organization (ADO), that collected the Athlete`s whereabouts information immediately before they retired
Once this ADO has provided its opinion, it shall provide it to the relevant ADO with the athletes request for consideration. WADA shall then make a final decision on the Athletes request
The Athlete`s request shall include the following information:
Exact date of retirement
Reason(s) for retirement
Proof that notice of retirement was provided in writing to each ADO that included the Athlete in its RTP
Name of RTP(s) he/she was included, and which ADO collected his/her whereabouts information, if the Athlete was included in more than one RTP
Anti-Doping History (i.e. if applicable, the anti-doping rule violation(s)committed and the Consequences imposed)
Reason(s) for return to competition and level of competition at which the athlete wants to return (National, International, Professional)
Ground of request (including why a strict application of the 6-month notice requirement is manifestly unfair to the athlete)
Return date sought (including the specific event(s) within the six month notice period at which the athlete wants to compete and whether this (these) even(s) is (are) a qualifying event(s) for a major event (specifying the major event) that will occur after the expiry of the 6 month period). Also have to specify if the exemption being sought is for a single event only and details regarding the event.
The Athlete and both ADOs have a right to appeal decisions (to the Court of Arbitration for Sport or to the national-level reviewing body, as applicable) pursuant to Article 13.2 of the Code.