ÖTILLÖ Implement Strict Anti-Doping Enforcement

ÖTILLÖ, the world’s first and largest swim/run series have announced they will be adding teeth to their anti-doping stance. Including “lifetime ban from all ÖTILLÖ events” for positive findings.

According to ÖTILLÖ:

“It has always been part of the rules that we do not accept performance-enhancing drugs.

After 13 years of Swimrun we have decided to reinforce the rule. We are taking the sport to a new level where we, as Founders of the sport have to also lead the way in making sure that it continues to be clean.

As part of this quest we have teamed up with IDTM to do Anti-doping tests during the year.”

The full ÖTILLÖ anti-doping policy is below.

OtillO SwimRun World Series 2016 - Photo Credit - Jakob Edholm/ÖTILLÖ15
Photo Credit – Jakob Edholm/ÖTILLÖ15

ÖTILLÖ Anti Doping Policy

ÖTILLÖ strongly believes that everyone participating ÖTILLÖ swimrun competitions has a responsibility
in assuring that the sport remains clean. ÖTILLÖ encourages all athletes to be aware of and to understand
their rights and responsibilities when it comes to the anti-doping rules and procedures. Ultimately,
it is the responsibility of the athlete to be sure that what they put in their bodies is not a prohibited

Testing is a vital part of ÖTILLÖ’s anti-doping program and something that any athlete who registers
and competes in an ÖTILLÖ event is subject to. Whether it is your first ÖTILLÖ event or you are a
seasoned swimrunner, it is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities when it
comes to anti-doping.

As a condition of participation in any of the ÖTILLÖ events, all registered athletes are required to
acknowledge and accept the ÖTILLÖ anti-doping policy. In accordance with the ÖTILLÖ anti-doping
policy, all athletes registered to any of the ÖTILLÖ events are subject to testing and are required to read
and understand all rules and obligations before registering for any of the events.
Any athlete registering and competing in an ÖTILLÖ event can be tested in conjunction to an ÖTILLÖ

Athletes planning to compete at the 2018 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship should confirm the
status of all medications, supplements and treatments by checking the WADA Prohibited List –
(, the Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO,
as well as the website of the National Anti-Doping Agency of their country. It is important to check the
status of all medications, supplements and treatments on a regular basis as the list is updated January
1st each year. Athlete should advise his/her medical personnel of his/her obligation to follow by the
anti-doping rules and that any medical treatment received should not violate these rules. If the medication
is not prohibited, athlete can use the substance without any further action. If the substance that
the athlete is taking is on the WADA prohibited list, athlete should always check with their doctor if
there are any alternative substances that are permitted and can be used. If there are no permitted
alternatives, athlete should declare the substance used at the time of registration. This must be
supported by oficial medical records confirming the medical conditions, substance, dosage, duration
and that no alternative substances are available. Substances prescribed by a doctor for a specific
medical conditions are excluded unless it is determined that the medication in question is used by the
athlete for non-medical purposes.

Otillo Engadin
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin 2016 Photo: Jakob Edholm

The aim with the testing is:

• Deter any use of prohibited substance at the ÖTILLÖ events
• Identify athletes who may be using prohibited substances
• Promote doping free swimrun and Fair Play

According to the ÖTILLÖ anti-doping rules, the following acts constitute an anti-doping violation:

• Refusing to provide a sample or failure to comply with the testing protocols
• Tampering and manipulation or an aempt of such during the sample collection process
• Failure to sign the ÖTILLÖ anti-doping consent and waiver
• Presence of a prohibited substance based on the most current WADA prohibited list.

ÖTILLÖ shall have the sole authority to make any decision regarding an anti-doping violation under the
ÖTILLÖ anti-doping policy.


  • Sample collection will be conducted by an Independent Sample Collection Agency and the collection is
    done in accordance with the current WADA rules and regulations (WADA ISTI).
  • The samples collected at the ÖTILLÖevents will be analyzed at WADA accredited laboratories
  • Results will be reported to the ÖTILLÖ Race Director
  • A failure to provide a sample will be considered as an adverse analytical finding (positive result)
  • The sample collection agency shall keep and maintain all the information regarding the athletes and
    tests in strict confidence and only share with the ÖtillÖ board.
  • All individual who registers for any of the ÖTILLÖ events is subject to testing.
Otillo Isles of Scilly
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly – Photo by Matti Rapila Andersson


  • The WADA accredited laboratory will report any findings to the ÖTILLÖ Race Director
  • If a competitor has been tested positive for any prohibited substance, he/she will be notified by email
    by the ÖTILLÖ Race Director
  • The competitor can accept the positive finding in the A- sample or request the B- sample to be
  • The request to have the B- sample analyzed must be given, by email, to the ÖTILLÖ Race Director no
    later than five (5 ) working days aer the notification was received.
  • The competitor has a right to be present at the B-sample analysis at his/her own cost.
  • If the B-sample is negative (does not confirm the adverse analytical finding in the A-sample), the
    result for the test is considered to be negative and there will be no further action.
  • If the B-sample is positive (confirms the adverse analytical finding in the A-sample), the result for the
    test is considered to be positive. The competitor can either accept the positive result and the consequences of it or appeal on the grounds described here below.
  • A competitor who wishes to appeal an adverse analytical finding (positive result) of a doping control
    shall notify the ÖTILLÖ Race Director, by email, no later than five (5) working days aer the reception
    of the B -sample results. The Race Director shall confirm, by email, that the notice of appeal was
  • The competitor shall support his/her appeal with clear evidence.
  • All appeals will be heard by the ÖTILLÖ board with the assistance of medical experts if so deemed
    necessary. The determination after the appeal shall be considered as final. A written decision shall be
    sent to the competitor by email.
  • If the competitor takes no action in five (5) working days after receiving the notification of the
    adverse analytical finding (positive result), ÖTILLÖ board will make its final decision on that an
    anti-doping violation occurred and the competitor will be sanctioned.


ÖTILLÖ recognizes that some substances found on the WADA prohibited list are used for legitimate
medical purposes to treat a medical condition where no other alternatives are available. ÖTILLÖ,
therefore, allows exception to made for competitors who provide official documents clearly explaining
the condition, medical history, treatment plan and proof that no permitted options are available.
If a competitor wishes to appeal an adverse analytical finding (positive test result) on the grounds of
legitimate medical use to treat a medical condition, she/he shall provide documentation showing that
the substance was prescribed by a medical professional to treat a specific medical condition.


A final decision by the ÖTILLÖ board that a competitor has violated the ÖTILLÖ anti-doping policy will
results in a lifetime ban from all ÖTILLÖ events. Any outstanding prize money will not be paid out.
ÖTILLÖ reserves the right to make the final determination regarding anti-doping violations in the
ÖTILLÖ events.




Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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