What is Doping?

Doping is the use of substances or methods that are banned in sport. Doping is cheating because it gives one athlete an advantage over others. Doping is also extremely dangerous to your health and can destroy your reputation.

What is Anti-Doping?

Anti-doping is a set of rules designed to protect athletes’ rights to participate in sport free of performance enhancing drugs.

It’s anti-doping that keeps sport fair and keeps the playing field level. When athletes choose not to dope, we say they compete clean.

Australian National Anti-Doping Policy

From the 1st of January 2021 the AusTriathlon Anti-Doping Policy is the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy and can be found on the Sport Integrity Australia website here

All members, participants, and non-participants in the sport of triathlon are bound by these rules. This includes athletes, support personnel and employees whose employment contracts enables this.

Warning to all AusTriathlon Members and Support Personnel

    1. You are responsible for knowing what the anti-doping rule violations are.
    2. You must find out which substances and methods are prohibited.
    3. Ignorance is no excuse.
    4. You must be aware of the rules of the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy.
    5. The Australian National Anti-Doping Policy adopts the strict liability principle.
    6. Athletes are responsible for anything found in their system.
    7. You must be aware of the sanctions that could be applied to you in the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy

* Please remember that all athletes are responsible to check the status of any medication or substance prior to use. 

Athlete Testing

Do you know that AusTriathlon members can be tested for performance enhancing methods and substances? 

Any athlete may be required to provide a Sample at any time and at any place with a valid request by a Sport Integrity Australia official (or an official acting on behalf of Sport Integrity Australia) for testing. Evading, refusing, or failing to submit to sample collection during or after notification could result in an athlete receiving a sanction. The penalty for evading, refusing, or failing to provide a sample upon a valid request may be the same as providing a sample that contains a prohibited substance.

Testing can occur either In-Competition or Out-of-Competition such as at an athlete’s training venue or home address. Testing is often carried out with No Advance Notice and sample collection can include the collection of urine, blood, or both.

Please remember that all athletes are responsible to check the status of any medication or substance prior to use. 

Further information on athlete testing, who can be tested, athletes rights, athletes responsibilities can be found on the Sport Integrity Australia Website under Athlete Testing

Sport Integrity Australia

Australia’s National Anti-Doping Organisation

Sport Integrity Australia (formerly ASADA) is Australia’s national anti-doping organisation established in 2006 by the Australian Government. The role of Sport Integrity Australia is to develop a sporting culture in Australia that is free from doping, and where an athlete’s performance is purely dependent on talent, determination, courage and honesty. The Sport Integrity website provides information for all AusTriathlon members and participants which includes the prohibited substance list, therapeutic use exemptions, e-learning, check your substances, athlete whereabouts and report doping.

  1. 2021 World Anti-Doping Code
  2. Anti-Doping Rule Violations
  3. Athlete Testing
  4. Athlete Whereabouts – High Performance Athletes
  5. Prohibited Substances and Methods
  6. Supplements in Sport
  7. Investigations
  8. Therapeutic Use Exemption

Find out more: Sport Integrity Australia Anti-Doping Website

Sport Integrity Australia Anti-Doping Current Sanctions

Under the World Anti-Doping Code there are 10 possible anti-doping rule violations. Anti-doping rule violations information can be located on the Sport Integrity Australia Website.

Sport Integrity Australia maintains the National Sports Sanctions Violations list.

World Anti-Doping Agency List of Prohibited Substances and Methods List

The World Anti-Doping Code List of Prohibited Substances and Methods List comes into effect on the 1st of January each calendar year.

When it comes to anti-doping, it is critical that our athletes and their support personnel are aware of their rights and responsibilities. There are a range of tools and resources available to help keep participants informed. 

Integrity eLearning

Sport Integrity Australia eLearning offers several online courses relating to sport integrity, including doping, match-fixing, illicit drugs, and ethical decision-making courses. Specific anti-doping courses are also available for coaches, support personnel, medical practitioners and parents. 

Sport Integrity app 

The Sport Integrity app is a one-stop shop for all sport integrity needs, designed with athletes in mind. 

The app allows users to check whether their medications are banned in sport, find low-risk supplements to reduce their chance of testing positive, and check whether they need a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). The app also provides direction on how to raise concerns about things like doping, child safeguarding or discrimination. It features further information on eLearning modules, whereabouts and testing information and gives users the opportunity to provide feedback to Sport Integrity Australia.  

The app is free and can be downloaded from the Apple and Android app stores. 

Prohibited List of substances and methods

The Prohibited List outlines the substances and methods that are prohibited in sport. It is updated annually by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Remember that individual products or brands are not named on the Prohibited List. Athletes should check the status of all medications on Global DRO before they use them. 

Checking your substances

Global DRO allows users to check whether the most commonly prescribed and over-the-counter medicines in Australia are permitted or prohibited in sport. 

If an athlete requires use of a prohibited substance to treat a medical condition, the athlete needs to be aware of the TUE requirements. For more information on a TUE visit the Sport Integrity Australia website.