Your part in clean sport
All athletes in New Zealand play a part in ensuring that sport is fair and drug free.
We need to work together to create a culture of clean sport that has no place for those who cheat by taking drugs or using banned methods to improve their performance.
In order to do this, you as athletes need to practise the values and behaviours of clean sport. This involves:
- making the right choices for your body, your health and your sport
- taking responsibility for everything that goes into your body
- learning about the anti-doping rules
- using your support team to help you follow the rules.
To help you understand the true impact of doping, watch this video message to New Zealand athletes from reformed doper and one-time Olympic cyclist, Tyler Hamilton. He talks about competing on drugs and the awful toll it takes.
Your responsibilities around anti-doping will change as your career grows and develops. Drug Free Sport NZ is here to help you understand the rules. If you want to find out more about anti-doping, contact us to book an anti-doping seminar.
Beginner Athletes: If you’re just starting your sporting career, your role in clean sport means you work and train hard in order to achieve your goals and you recognise that taking performance enhancing drugs of any kind could jeopardise your future career and your health. You should be aware of doping in sport and the importance of competing drug free.
Emerging athletes: Athletes who may be preparing to compete at a higher level (national or international) will need to have a greater understanding of anti-doping rules.This might include:
- finding out more about anti-doping rules
- recognising that you will be liable if you return a positive test
- checking whether medications are permitted in sport
- understanding the risk of taking supplements
- learning about the drug testing process
- knowing where to go for help and advice.
If you compete at the highest level you’ll need a good understanding of anti-doping rules and you’ll have certain responsibilities to comply with these rules. Check out our section Athletes who may be tested for all the details.