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.

There are eleven key anti-doping rules.  We’ve summarised these 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 (if you’re Registered Testing Pool athlete)
  • 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.
  • intimidating or threating somebody from reporting anti-doping information; or retaliating in a threatening manner after somebody has reported.

You can read the full text of the 2021 New Zealand's Sports Anti-Doping Rules here. 

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.