Drug Free Sport NZ's policy on doping control for minors
Minors are classified as athletes who are under 18 years of age and Drug Free Sport NZ’s policy on minors aims to ensure that the needs of these athletes are met without compromising the integrity of sample collection.
Drug Free Sport NZ’s policy is in line with the specifications of the World Anti-Doping Code 2015.
Drug Free Sport NZ uses the following guidelines when dealing with minors:
- athletes who are minors should be notified in the presence of an adult and should be encouraged to have a representative with them throughout the sample collection session
- if an athlete who is a minor declines to have a representative accompany him/her, this should be documented on the Doping Control Form.
- the preferred location of all out-of-competition testing of minors is a location where the presence of an adult is most likely e.g.. a training venue.
Drug Free Sport NZ applies the following rules when dealing with minors:
- a minor is an athlete who is under the age of 18
- Drug Free Sport NZ will follow standard procedures during the notification and sample collection for a minor, except where modifications are necessary because the athlete is a minor
- when planning testing, Drug Free Sport NZ will consider whether any athletes who may be selected for testing may be minors and will prepare chaperones accordingly
- a doping control officer has the authority to make modifications as required, providing these do not compromise the identity, security or integrity of the sample
- if a minor declines to have a representative present, the doping control officer shall consider whether a third party ought to be present during sample collection
- the doping control officer shall decide who, in addition to the witnessing chaperone, may be present during the collection of the sample from the athlete. This could be the athlete’s representative and/or a second chaperone or doping control officer (either of whom may observe the chaperone when the athlete is passing the sample, but may not directly observe the passing of the sample).
- the athlete’s representative may not directly observe the passing of the urine sample, unless specifically requested to do so by the athlete. However, the athlete’s representative may observe the chaperone witnessing the passing of the sample
- any modifications that are made to standard procedures, during notification or sample collection, shall be documented on the Doping Control Form.