Eligibility criteria for becoming a DCO for Paris 2024 align with the requirements established in France. Professionals holding valid diplomas as nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, medical students (interns), pharmacists, laboratory technicians, or police officers are legally authorised to work as anti-doping personnel in the country. Additionally, candidates must reside in France with a valid work permit. Proficiency in spoken and written English is also essential, as fluency in English is a requirement for working with international athletes at the Olympic Games.
The ITA’s DCOF training course, conducted in April 2023, serves as the first stage of training for the selected candidates. The program covers essential aspects, including anti-doping rules, protocols, sample collection procedures, documentation, and the importance of maintaining confidentiality and impartiality. Participants also gain practical experience through hands-on training exercises and simulations, ensuring they are well-prepared to carry out their responsibilities effectively.
In the next step, the participants will gain practical experience whilst observing testing missions with existing AFLD DCOs and lead their first doping controls under observation. Before joining the anti-doping workforce, they must also complete the ITA International Doping Control Officer (IDCO) Training Program.