Anti-doping

Netball New Zealand is committed to the advancement of clean sport that rejects cheating through the use of performance enhancing drugs and methods.

Drug Free Sport New Zealand

We in partnership with the national anti-doping organisation, Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) to:

Promote a culture of clean sport

Deliver anti-doping education|

Organise and implement testing programmes

Report doping and suspicious activity

Support athletes to compete drug free

For full information about anti-doping, visit the DFSNZ website


The anti-doping rules

All members of Netball New Zealand are required to abide by New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules. These rules reflect the World Anti-Doping Agency’s World Anti-Doping Code.

  • The presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete’s sample
  • The use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or method
  • Evading testing or refusing to provide a sample for drug testing
  • Failing to provide accurate and up-to-date whereabouts information or missing a test
  • Tampering or attempting to tamper with any part of the doping control process
  • Possessing prohibited substances or methods
  • Trafficking or attempting to traffic any prohibited substance or method
  • Administering or attempting to administer a prohibited substance or method to an athlete
  • Covering up an anti-doping rule violation
  • Knowingly associating with someone in a sporting capacity who has been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation
  • Discouragement of, or retaliation against someone for, reporting doping or suspected doping by an athlete or other person

The Prohibited List

The Prohibited List is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) every year and details all substances and methods which are prohibited or banned in sport. A substance or method may be included on the list if it meets any two of the following criteria:

  • It has the potential to enhance sporting performance
  • It presents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete
  • It violates the spirit of sport

The Prohibited List

Medications

Many medications contain substances which are prohibited in sport. Any athlete who is sick or injured needs to carefully consider the medications they take to ensure they avoid prohibited substances.

Contact DFSNZ for full information on medications that are not permitted in sport.

DFSNZ’s website medication check
0800 DRUGFREE (378 437)
Request a copy of DFSNZ’s wallet guide on the status of common medications.

Athletes can apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if they need to take medication which is prohibited in sport. When competing at national or international level a TUE must be applied for before taking any medication.

Supplements

Many dietary or sports supplements are marketed as helping to improve performance, recovery, weight loss or muscle development, and, supplements can contain substances which are prohibited in sport and may not accurately label ingredients so you cannot be sure of exactly what’s in them.

Athletes should carefully assess their need for supplements and carefully research the supplements they choose to take.

DFSNZ does not endorse any supplement and encourages athletes to think carefully if they are considering taking a supplement. Get all the facts and find help making your decision with DFSNZ’s Supplement Decision-Making Guide.

The Athlete Whereabouts Programme

The Athlete Whereabouts Programme is about protecting every athlete’s right to clean sport through out-of-competition testing that can take place without notice at any time. If you’ve been assigned to a testing pool by DFSNZ or your International Federation then you are required to provide and maintain detailed information about where you are, whether you’re on holiday, training or travelling.

Find more information and quarterly deadlines on the DFSNZ website at Whereabouts.

Testing

Testing is a powerful way of deterring and detecting doping in sport. Athletes can be tested during an event (in-competition) or at any other time (out-of-competition) and will be asked to provide a urine sample, a blood sample or both. The testing process and sample collection for doping control will be carried out by a trained and accredited Drug Free Sport NZ official.

More information

If you have any questions please contact DFSNZ on 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437)

For resources/education:

DFSNZ Education

DFSNZ Resources

DFSNZ E-learning