27 November 2008
Anti Doping Rules Introduced
New anti doping rules, which will come into force on January 1, have been published today (November 20, 2008). The new Rules will ensure that Ireland is fully compliant with the new World Anti-Doping Code. The WADA Code provides the framework for harmonized anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sports organisations and among public authorities.
The new Rules include a number of modifications which will have an impact on sports and athletes. A series of technical and administrative changes to the "Whereabouts" and "Therapeutic Use Exemptions" systems will be introduced.
Notably the Rules introduce greater flexibility in the area of sanctions. It broadens the spectrum of anti-doping violations that can lead to a four year ban, including using multiple substances and using a banned substance on multiple occasions. On the other hand it allows for lesser sanctions where an athlete can prove there was no intention to enhance performance.
The Irish Sports Council recognises that the fight against doping in sport requires an international and multi-agency approach. It works with WADA to ensure all athletes benefit from the same anti-doping procedures and protections, no matter the sport, the nationality, or the country where tested, so that all athletes may participate in competition that is both safe and fair. The Council participated in the review of the current WADA Code and is on target to introduce the new Rules on January 1.
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