An overview of anti-doping testing in golf per year may be found here.
All decisions released by or recognised by the IGF in relation to the fight against doping may be found here.
The aim of testing is to detect and deter doping among athletes to protect clean athletes. Any athlete under the testing jurisdiction of the IGF may be tested at any time, with no advance notice, in- or out-of-competition, and be required to provide a urine or blood sample.
No-advance notice out-of-competition testing is one of the most powerful means of deterrence and detection of doping. Testing pools are set up to support this type of testing.
How do athletes know if they are in a testing pool and if they need to provide whereabouts?
Athletes who need to provide whereabouts in ADAMS are notified in writing of their inclusion in a testing pool. The athlete will be notified by the IGF if in an international testing pool or by the National Anti-Doping Organisation if in a national testing pool. Athletes will be provided with instructions as to what information exactly is required of them, how to use ADAMS (WADA’s online anti-doping administration and management system), deadlines to submit this information and any consequences if the information required is not submitted.
Athlete Biological Passport (ABP)
The Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) was introduced in 2009 and is a pillar method in the detection of doping. It is an individual electronic profile that monitors selected athlete biological variables that indirectly reveal the effects of doping. ABP is integrated directly into ADAMS.
If you wish to learn more about ABP, you can watch this ITA webinar recording.