Blood Process

Blood sample collection

1. Before taking the sample and while the player cools down after the match or training session, a blood collection officer (BCO) will explain and check that the player understands the process, as well as ask them a few questions about their health.

2. After the player has picked out a blood sample kit, the BCO will disinfect the spot on the player’s (non-dominant) arm where they will draw blood.

3. The BCO will draw just enough blood for testing.

4. If it is difficult to get enough blood for the sample, the process will be repeated a maximum of two more times. If it is still not possible to get a full sample, the BCO will simply end the test and write up a report. In this case, the player should not worry as there will be no negative consequences.

5. The player can decide whether to seal the blood collection vessels themself or to let the BCO do it – in any case, the BCO will check that they are sealed.

6. The doping control officer will check and sign the player’s doping control form, giving them a copy for their records.

What happens next?

The player should avoid exercise for at least 30 minutes to minimise any potential bruising.

The player’s blood sample will be placed in a cooling device and then sent to a WADA-accredited laboratory for analysis.