The anti-doping rules
New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules reflect those of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and its World Anti-Doping Code. WADA’s Code and Standards are recognised throughout the world.
Most International Federations, sporting organisations in New Zealand, and international anti-doping agencies are signatories to the World Anti-Doping Code so must abide by and enforce these rules.
There are ten key anti-doping rule violations. These apply to athletes, but can also apply to coaches and support personnel, including medical professionals.
We’ve summarised the rules below.
You should not:
- test positive for a prohibited substance
- use or attempt to use a prohibited substance or method
- evade testing or refuse to provide a sample for drug testing
- fail on three occasions within twelve months to provide whereabouts information or miss a test
- tamper or attempt to tamper with any part of the doping control process
- possess prohibited substances or methods
- traffick or attempt to traffick a prohibited substance or method
- administer a prohibited substance or method
- cover up an anti-doping rule violation
- associate with someone, such as a coach or medical professional, who has been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation or equivalent.
You can read the full text of New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules here.
Remember, if you are found to have committed any of the above, you could be banned from all sport (competing, training, coaching) for a period of years. It could end your career and ruin your reputation.