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A FAIR AND SQUARE HEARING
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Except as provided...results management and hearings shall be the responsibility of and shall be governed by the procedural rules of the organization that initiated and directed sample collection (or, if no sample collection is involved, the organization which discovered the violation). Regardless of which organization conducts results management or hearings, the principles set forth...shall be respected and the rules identified...to be incorporated verbatim must be followed.

Results management and the conduct of hearings for anti-doping rule violations arising from a test by a national anti-doping organization involving an athlete that is not a citizen of that country shall be referred to management and the conduct of hearings from a test by the international Olympic committee, the international paralympic committee, or a major organization, shall be referred to the applicable international federation for purposes of imposing any sanctions beyond disqualification from the event or the results of the event.

Subject to the right to appeal provided...the sample collection and handling procedures, results management, and hearing process and results, of any signatory which are consistent with the code and are within that signatory’s competence, shall be recognized and respected by all other signatories. Signatories may recognize the actions of other bodies which have not accepted the code if the rules of those bodies are otherwise consistent with the code.

No signatory or its agent shall be liable for any loss or damage resulting from its act or failure to act, where its conduct was in good faith, was authorized by the code, and was consistent with the code...

The basic principle for information and education programmes shall be to preserve the values of sport, and the health of the athletes, as described in the introduction to the code, from being undermined by doping. The primary goal shall be to prevent athletes from using prohibited substances and prohibited methods.

International federations, national olympic committees, national anti-doping organizations, and the World Anti-Doping Agency should plan, implement and monitor information and education programmes. The programmes should provided athletes and their athlete support personnel with updated and accurate information on the following issues:

Substances on the prohibited list; Health consequences of doping; Doping control procedures; Athletes’ rights and responsibilities.

The programmes should promote the values of sport and the permitted alternatives to doping in order to establish an anti-doping environment which influences behaviour among athletes and athlete support personnel.

Athlete support personnel should educate and counsel athletes regarding anti-doping policies and rules adopted pursuant to the code and permitted alternatives to doping.

All signatories, participants and governments shall cooperate and strive to coordinate their efforts in anti-doping information and education.

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