The consequences of doping
It's never worth it.
Doping is serious, and its consequences are far-reaching. It can permanently damage your reputation, your health and your prospects in and out of sport.
Anyone signed up to a sports organisation that abides by the Sports Anti-Doping Rules can be sanctioned for doping. There are 11 rules: they all apply to athletes, and seven of them apply to coaches and support personnel.
A sanction for doping can mean:
- Ban. A ban from all sport – including competing, training and coaching;
- Disqualification. You and your team are stripped of event results, points, prizes and accolades;
- Public scrutiny. Publication of your rule violation, which may result in damaging media attention and public contempt.
The implications of a sanction are broad. Any perceived short-term gain from doping is never worth the long-term consequences, which can impact many different parts of your life:
- Career. A sanction can end your professional aspirations. The damage to your reputation may make it hard to find a place on a team or opportunities for coaching.
- Relationships. The pressure of a sanction can damage your relationships with teammates, peers and close whānau. Being unable to play sport may leave you feeling isolated.
- Finances. You may lose sponsorship opportunities, contracts or other funding, or face financial sanctions.
- Health. The health consequences of taking performance-enhancing substances can be serious and irreversible.