As sports return to training and eventual competition, Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) is resuming its testing programme.
“We suspended our testing in late March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now able to resume a modified testing programme” says Chief Executive Nick Paterson. “I’d like to emphasise that if there is any COVID-19 health risk to athletes and support personnel, or to our testing staff, then we will not test.
“It is important for the integrity of New Zealand sport that we get our testing programme back up and running, but we will not do this at the expense of the health of Kiwi athletes and their families.
“We have modified our testing procedures to comply with the strict range of measures put in place by the Government [while keeping to WADA’s Testing Standards]. Testing staff and athletes must adhere to the new testing guidelines, which include the use of personal protective equipment. This will ensure that we keep athletes and our testing staff safe.
“WADA guidelines stipulate that athletes can still be tested at any time and any place. We want to remind regional testing pool athletes that they must continue to fulfil their Whereabouts obligations.”
For athletes looking forward to the return to club sport, DFSNZ encourages them to “take the 101” and learn how the sports anti-doping rules apply to them. Clean Sport 101 is DFSNZ’s newest online education programme, and was launched last month.