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Rules and Regulation

DC 10.12 Status during Ineligibility

DC 10.12.1 Prohibition against participation during Ineligibility.
No Athlete or other Person (including Athlete Support Personel) who has been declared Ineligible may, during the period of Ineligibility, participate in any capacity in a Competition or activity (other than authorized anti-doping education or rehabilitation programs) authorized or organized by FINA, any FINA Member Federation, or a club or other member organization of a FINA Member Federation, or in Competitions authorized or organized by any professional league or any international or national-level Competition organization or any elite or national-level sporting activity funded by a governmental agency.
An Athlete or other Person subject to a period of Ineligibility longer than four years may, after completing four years of the period of Ineligibility, participate as an Athlete in local sport Competitions not sanctioned or otherwise under the jurisdiction of a Code Signatory or member of a Code Signatory, but only so long as the local sport Competition is not at a level that could otherwise qualify such Athlete or other Person directly or indirectly to compete in (or accumulate points toward) a national championship or International Competition, and does not involve the Athlete or other Person working in any capacity with Minors.
An Athlete or other Person subject to a period of Ineligibility shall remain subject to Testing.

[Comment to DC 10.12.1: For example, subject to DC 10.12.2 below, an Ineligible Athlete cannot participate in a training camp, exhibition or practice organized by his or her Member Federation or a club which is a member of that Member Federation or which is funded by a governmental agency. Further, an Ineligible Athlete may not compete in a non-Signatory professional league, Competitions organized by a non-Signatory International Competition organization or a non-Signatory national-level competition organization without triggering the Consequences set forth in DC 10.12.3. The term “activity” also includes, for example, administrative activities, such as serving as an official, director, officer, employee, or volunteer of the organization described in this rule. Ineligibility imposed in one sport shall also be recognized by other sports (see DC 15.1, Mutual Recognition).]

DC 10.12.2 Return for Training
As an exception to DC 10.12.1, an Athlete may return to train with a team or to use the facilities of a club or other member organization of FINA’s Member Federation during the shorter of: (1) the last two months of the Athlete’s period of Ineligibility, or (2) the last one-quarter of the period of Ineligibility imposed.

[Comment to DC 10.12.2: In many Team Sports and some individual sports (e.g., ski jumping and gymnastics), an Athlete cannot effectively train on his or her own so as to be ready to compete at the end of the Athlete’s period of Ineligibility. During the training period described in this rule, an Ineligible Athlete may not compete or engage in any activity described in rule 10.12.1 other than training.]

DC 10.12.3 Violation of the prohibition of participation during Ineligibility.
Where an Athlete or other Person who has been declared Ineligible violates the prohibition against participation during Ineligibility described in DC 10.12.1, the results of such participation shall be Disqualified and a new period of Ineligibility equal in length up to the original period of Ineligibility shall be added to the end of the original period of Ineligibility. The new period of Ineligibility may be adjusted based on the Athlete or other Person’s degree of Fault and other circumstances of the case. The determination of whether an Athlete or other Person has violated the prohibition against participation, and whether an adjustment is appropriate, shall be made by FINA or the Member Federation whose results management led to the imposition of the initial period of Ineligibility. This decision may be appealed under DC 13.
Where an Athlete Support Person or other Person assists a Person in violating the prohibition against participation during Ineligibility, the FINA Doping Panel shall impose sanctions for a violation of DC 2.9 for such assistance.

DC 10.12.4 Withholding of Financial Support during Ineligibility.
In addition, for any anti-doping rule violation not involving a reduced sanction as described in DC 10.4 or DC 10.5, the FINA Executive and its Member Federations shall withhold all sport-related financial support or other sport-related benefits received by such Person.