What if I want to retire?

At some point, you may feel it’s time for you to retire from competitive sport.  

The World Anti-Doping Code and the NZ Sports Anti-Doping Rules have rules in place around athlete retirement to ensure that  athletes are not able to opt in and out of testing programmes as they wish.  These rules also affect athletes who retire and then later wish to return to competition at an elite level.

If you’ve been in the Registered Testing Pool (RTP) or National Testing Pool (NTP), it’s important that you let Drug Free Sport NZ know of your intention to retire.

You can call us (0800 DRUGFREE (378 437) or email us and we’ll send you a form which you’ll need to complete, sign, and send back to us confirming your decision to retire.

You will not be removed from the RTP or NTP until Drug Free Sport NZ has received your completed retirement form which means you will still have whereabouts obligations and you could still be tested.  If you have not lodged your retirement form and you’re selected for a drug test you must comply and undergo the test or face a possible two-year period of ineligibility (ban).  

If you wish to come out of retirement there will be a stand down period of six months before you can compete again at a high level.

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