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Medical and Anti-Doping
Triathlon Australia condemns doping as fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport.
Anti-doping programs, including documents such as the Triathlon Australia Anti-Doping Policy, seek to preserve what is intrinsically valuable about sport. The Essence of sport at all levels in Australia upholds the principles of Fairness, Respect, Responsibility and Safety.
The purpose of the Triathlon Australia Anti-Doping Policy and the anti-doping programs which it supports are:
- To protect Athletes’ fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and thus promote health, fairness and equality for Athletes worldwide; and
- To ensure harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programs at the international and national level with regard to detection, deterrence and prevention of doping.
What is the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA)?
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is a government statutory authority that is Australia's driving force for pure performance in sport.
ASADA's mission is to protect Australia's sporting integrity through the elimination of doping. To achieve its mission ASADA focuses on three key themes - to deter, detect, and enforce:
ASADA deters prohibited doping practices in sport via education, doping control (testing), advocacy and the coordination of Australia's anti-doping program;
ASADA detects a breach of a sport's anti-doping policy via its doping control (testing) and investigation programs; and
ASADA enforces any breach of a policy by ensuring those violating anti-doping rules are prosecuted and sanctioned.
ASADA’s Purpose: To protect Australia's sporting integrity through the elimination of doping.
ASADA’s Vision: Australia’s driving force for pure performance in sport.
If you require any further information about substances, drug testing, whereabouts, rules and violations please visit the ASADA website.
2012 Prohibited List Released
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released the 2012 Prohibited List which will come into effect on 1 January 2012.
The major change to the 2012 List which will affect Australian athletes and support personnel is to inhaled formoterol.
In its announcement of the 2012 List WADA advised that, “The List prohibits the administration of all beta-2 agonists except salbutamol (maximum 1600 micrograms over 24 hours), salmeterol when taken by inhalation, and now formoterol (maximum 36 micrograms taken over 24 hours).”
WADA also has a monitoring program that focuses on substances which are not on the Prohibited List, but which it wishes to monitor in order to detect patterns of misuse in sport.
WADA has confirmed that in 2012 it will be monitoring the effects nicotine can have on performance when taken in oral tobacco products such as snus. WADA stressed that it was not the Agency’s intention to target smokers.
Athletes can re-check the status of their medications at any time by referring to the Check Your Substances tool on the ASADA website.