Sports Anti-Doping Rules 2021

If you are a member of, or participate in a sport that has adopted or agreed to New Zealand's Sports Anti-Doping Rules, you are bound to those rules, regardless of your role, what level you compete at, or your age.  Most national sports organisations in New Zealand have agreed to the rules, and there is more information available on how to adopt the Sports Anti-Doping Rules.  

The rules give effect to the World Anti-Doping Code in New Zealand.  They apply to athletes, as well as coaches, administrators and support personnel.

Doping occurs when one or more of the anti-doping rule violations are committed.  Testing positive for a banned substance is an anti-doping rule violation.  There are ten anti-doping rule violations in total, which we have summarised as follows:.

  • 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
  • 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.

The rules are updated each year, and Drug Free Sport NZ consults with NZ sporting organisations before finalising the rules.