Testing of Minors (under 18, and under 16 years of age)

Minors are classified as athletes who are under 18 years of age and Drug Free Sport New Zealand’s (DFSNZ’s) approach to testing minors is to consider the needs of these younger athletes, whilst still maintaining the integrity of the testing process.   In particular:

  • We will notify under 18 athletes of their rights and responsibilities regarding the testing process and will endeavour to so whilst in the presence of an adult.
  • We encourage under 18 athletes to have an adult representative with them throughout the testing process. 
  • While a representative cannot directly observe the athlete providing his/her urine sample, he/she does have the option to observe the doping control official observing the sample provision.
  • The representative will have the opportunity to raise any concerns he/she may have with the testing process and will be asked to sign the Doping Control Form (as well as the athlete) to verify the details provided on the form.

Athletes Under 16 Years of Age

For younger athletes (under 16) DFSNZ requires parental consent prior to testing.  Where parental consent is not already in place prior to notifying an athlete, we will endeavour to obtain parental consent.  Where parental consent is not given, we will not proceed with the test at that time.

Whilst best efforts are made for under 18 athletes, when testing under 16 athletes, DFSNZ requires that an adult be present during notification and throughout the testing process. 

Please contact us if you have any questions about testing of minors or would like more information.