The anti-doping rules

New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules reflect those of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and its World Anti-Doping Code.  WADA’s Code and Standards are recognised throughout the world.

Most International Federations, sporting organisations in New Zealand, and international anti-doping agencies are signatories to the World Anti-Doping Code so must abide by and enforce these rules.

There are ten key anti-doping rule violations.  These 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.

You can read the full text of New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules here.  
1. Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) in exercise of its statutory power under section 16 of the Sports Anti-Doping Act 2006 (Act) has decided to amend a rule under the Act. 
2. The proposed change corrects a typographical error in Rule 18.1 whereby the commencement date of the rules refers to the 2016 Rules.  The change is only required for clarification purposes, as it is the Act which stipulates the actual commencement date of the rules. 

Remember, if you are found to have committed any of the above, you could be banned from all sport (competing, training, coaching) for a period of years. It could end your career and ruin your reputation.