Athletes’ doping controls and the AFLD’s investigative powers

You are an athlete who has been subject to a doping control? You are a club/sport association and your premises have been visited by AFLD investigators?

 

The French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) now has, since the order of 21 April 2021 transposing the World Anti-Doping Code into French law, extended investigative powers.

 

Since that date, AFLD investigators can question any person likely to provide useful information relating to a doping case, obtain any document and even access business premises or other places where sporting events or activities are held and obtain explanations on the spot.

 

The tests, “searches” and seizures that AFLD investigators may carry out are, however, obviously strictly regulated.

 

As an athlete or representative of a sports association, you may be assisted and represented by a lawyer of your choice and have legal recourse to verify compliance with the provisions governing such operations.

 

Doping controls and AFLD investigation operations can be challenged within very specific time limits.

 

It is advisable to inform your lawyer immediately of the operations and measures to which you are subject so that he can assist you throughout the procedure.

 

Audrey BRUIN, lawyer specialized in sports law and former FIFA legal counsel, assists professional and amateur athletes before the French Anti-Doping Agency, the Conseil d’Etat and the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.

Audrey BRUIN advises and assists you throughout the processing of your case, answering all your questions and accompanying you throughout the procedure.

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