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Rules and Regulation

DC 5.5 Retirement and Return to Competition

DC 5.5.1 An Athlete in FINA’s Registered Testing Pool shall continue to be subject to these Anti-Doping Rules, including the obligation to be available for unannounced Testing and to provide his or her whereabouts information, unless and until the Athlete gives written notice to FINA that he or she has retired. An Athlete is accountable for any violation of these Anti-Doping Rules occurring prior to FINA’s receipt of his or her notice of retirement.

DC 5.5.2 An Athlete who has given notice of retirement to FINA may not resume competing unless he or she notifies FINA in writing at least six (6) months before he or she expects to return to Competition and is available for Testing at any time during the period before actual return to Competition. An Athlete seeking reinstatement is subject to these Anti-Doping Rules in their entirety from the date reinstatement is requested, including (if requested) complying with the whereabouts requirements of Annex I to the International Standard for Testing and Investigations. WADA in consultation with FINA and the Athlete’s Member Federation as well as National Anti-Doping Organisation, may grant an exemption to the six-month written notice rule where the strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to the Athlete. This decision may be appealed under DC 13. Any competitive results obtained in violation of this DC 5.5.2 shall be Disqualified.

DC 5.5.3 If an Athlete or other Person retires while a results management process is underway, the Anti-Doping Organization conducting the results management process retains jurisdiction to complete its results management process. If an Athlete or other Person retires before any results management process has begun, the Anti- Doping Organization which would have had results management authority over the Athlete or other Person at the time the Athlete or other Person committed an anti-doping rule violation, has authority to conduct results management in respect of that anti-doping rule violation.

[Comment to DC 5.5.3: Conduct by an Athlete or other Person before the Athlete or other Person was subject to the jurisdiction of any Anti-Doping Organization would not constitute an anti-doping rule violation but could be a legitimate basis for denying the Athlete or other Person membership in a sports organization.]

DC 5.5.4 If an Athlete retires from sport while subject to a period of Ineligibility, the Athlete shall not resume competing in International or National Competitions until the Athlete has given six months prior written notice (or notice equivalent to the period of Ineligibility remaining as of the date the Athlete retired, if that period was longer than six months) to FINA, his or her Member Federation as well as National Anti-Doping Organization, of his or her intent to resume competing and has made himself or herself available for Testing for that notice period, including complying with the whereabouts requirements of Annex I to the International Standard for Testing and Investigations.