Frequently asked questions about doping control

Who can be tested?

If you compete in a sport that has agreed to New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules you could be drug tested. Most sports in New Zealand have adopted these rules and that means no matter what level you’re competing at you need to comply.

Athletes in Drug Free Sport NZ’s Registered Testing Pool (RTP) or National Testing Pool (NTP) are more likely to be tested.  You will be told if you’re in one of these pools and you’ll be selected based on your risk profile and that of your sport.

Where can athletes be tested?

You can be tested either:

  • In-competition: at any time during the course of a competition,  event, tournament, regatta, or games.
  • Out-of-competition: at any time and at any location, including your home, training venue, hotel or when you’re overseas

Your rights and responsibilities

If you’re selected for testing, you’ll be advised of your rights and responsibilities.  You’ll be offered a copy of Drug Free Sport NZ’s athlete handbook, which gives you further information about the testing process.    

Going through the doping control process can be unnerving, especially if it’s your first time.  Remember you can have a support person with you and we recommend you do so.

Throughout the doping control process you have the right to:

  • have a representative (parent, coach or friend) with you
  • have an interpreter if required
  • ask for additional information about the sample collection process
  • request a delay in reporting to the doping control station for valid reasons (e.g. attending a medal ceremony, further competition commitments, fulfilling media commitments, needing medical treatment)
  • request modifications if you have a disability or you’re a minor (under 18 years of age)
  • record any concerns or comments you have on the doping control form including concerns you may have.

And you have the responsibility to:

  • report to the doping control station as soon as possible
  • remain in sight of the doping control official at all times
  • produce valid identification at doping control
  • comply with the sample collection process
  • recognise that if you choose to eat or drink before providing a sample, that you do so at your own risk.