Sports Anti-Doping Rules 2019

If you compete in a sport that has agreed to New Zealand's Sports Anti-Doping Rules, you are bound to those rules, regardless of what level you compete at or your age.  Most sports in New Zealand have signed up to these rules.   

The rules in New Zealand reflect the World Anti-Doping Code. There are ten key anti-doping rule violations. Only one of these is as a result of a positive test. The rules 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.

The rules are updated each year, and Drug Free Sport NZ consults with NZ sporting organisations before finalising the rules.