The role of National Sports Organisations in clean sport

NSOs are a lynchpin in helping to create a culture of clean sport in New Zealand.

Drug Free Sport NZ works with NSOs in a variety of ways, from supporting anti-doping education programmes to planning and delivering the drug testing programme.

NSOs that adopt New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules send a clear message to their members that they value clean sport and reject a culture of cheating through drug use.

Under the World Anti-Doping Code 2015, NSOs also have clear responsibilities to promote and advance anti-doping.

Here are our top tips on what NSOs can do to promote anti-doping in sport:

Governance and organisation:

  • formally adopt New Zealand Sports Anti-Doping Rules
  • ensure support personnel are bound by the rules
  • appoint a staff member to be responsible for anti-doping activities
  • introduce systems which make it easy for members to report doping activity in confidence
  • liaise with Drug Free Sport NZ to plan and implement testing programmes at major events
  • cooperate with any Drug Free Sport NZ investigation.

Education and information:

  • promote and provide anti-doping education to members, including coaches and support personnel
  • distribute anti-doping resources and information provided by Drug Free Sport NZ to all members
  • have anti-doping information available on your website
  • show leadership in the area of anti-doping by clearly demonstrating your opposition to cheating through drug use.

It is especially important that organisations with national championships and national teams which are classified as competing at "national level" for the purposes of anti-doping understand and meet their additional responsibilities. Find out more about “national level” athletes here.

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