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Rules and Regulation

DC 14.3 Public Disclosure

DC 14.3.1 Except in response to public comments attributed to the Athlete, other Person or their representatives, the identity of any Athlete or other Person who is alleged to have violated anti-doping rules, shall not be publicly disclosed by FINA until the imposition of a Provisional Suspension or it has been determined in a hearing in accordance with DC 8 that an anti-doping rule violation has occurred, or such hearing has been waived, or the assertion of an anti-doping rule violation has not been timely challenged. Public Reporting where a Member Federation has results management authority shall be governed by Article 14.3 of the Code.

DC 14.3.2 No later than twenty (20) days after it has been determined in a hearing in accordance with DC 8 that an anti-doping rule violation has occurred, or such hearing has been waived, or the assertion of an anti-doping rule violation has not been timely challenged, FINA or the Member Federation responsible for results management must Publicly Report the disposition of the matter including the sport, the anti-doping rule violated, the name of the Athlete or other Person committing the violation, the Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method involved (if any) and the Consequences imposed. The same Member Federation must also Publicly Report within twenty (20) days the results of final appeal decisions concerning anti-doping rule violations, including the information described above.

DC 14.3.3 In any case where it is determined, after a hearing or appeal, that the Athlete or other Person did not commit an anti-doping rule violation, the decision may be Publicly Disclosed only with the consent of the Athlete or other Person who is the subject of the decision. FINA or the Member Federation with results management responsibility shall use reasonable efforts to obtain such consent. If consent is obtained, FINA or the Member Federation shall Publicly Disclose the decision in its entirety or in such redacted form as the Athlete or other Person may approve.

DC 14.3.4 Publication shall be accomplished at a minimum by placing the required information on FINA or Member Federation’s website or publishing it through other means and leaving the information up for the longer of one month or the duration of any period of Ineligibility.

DC 14.3.5 Neither FINA, nor its Member Federations, nor any official of either body shall publicly comment on the specific facts of any pending case (as opposed to general description of process and science) except in response to public comments attributed to the Athlete other Person against whom an anti-doping violation is asserted, or their representatives.

DC 14.3.6 The mandatory Public Reporting required in DC 14.3.2 shall not be required where the Athlete or other Person who has been found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation is a Minor. Any optional Public Reporting in a case involving a Minor shall be proportionate to the facts and circumstances of the case.