The anti-doping rules

As someone who supports an athlete, it’s important that you have an understanding of New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules so that you can ensure athletes are following the rules.

It’s also important that you follow the rules, because from of January 1, 2015, many of these now extend to explicitly cover athlete support personnel.

There are ten anti-doping rule violations.  You can read New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules here, but in summary the ten rule violations are:

  • the presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete’s sample
  • the use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or method
  • evading testing or refusing to provide a sample for drug testing
  • failing to provide accurate and up-to-date whereabouts information or missing a test
  • tampering or attempting to tamper with any part of the doping control process
  • possessing prohibited substances or methods
  • trafficking or attempting to traffick any prohibited substance or method
  • administering or attempting to administer a prohibited substance or method to an athlete
  • covering up an anti-doping rule violation
  • an athlete associating with someone, such as a coach or medical professional, who has been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation or equivalent.

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List details all substances and methods that are prohibited in sport. You can find out more about the Prohibited List and what's on it here.