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 most high profile athlete to be ‘caught out’ by not checking the Prohibited List changes over the past few years is former tennis number one Maria Sharapova. The substance ‘Meldonium’ was formerly permitted in sport, but was subsequently added to the Prohibited List in 2016. Sharapova admitted she did not check the changes to the List and subsequently failed a drugs test in March 2016 which resulted in a ban from all sport for 15 months. The 2019 Prohibited List can be found here.
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.
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.
The Supplement Check is no longer available. As an athlete you are solely responsible for every substance in your body. By taking a supplement, you accept the risk that it could contain a banned substance, and the possibility of a four-year ban. DFSNZ or the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) does not approve or endorse ANY supplements.
THE ATHLETE WHEREABOUTS PROGRAMME
Anti-doping organisations, including DFSNZ, conduct drug tests on athletes out-of-competition with no advance warning. The Athlete Whereabouts Programme allows DFSNZ to locate athletes for testing.
Drug testing is one of the best ways to identify athletes who are doping and to protect athletes who are clean competitors. 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.
I NEED HELP!
If you have any questions, please contact DFSNZ on 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437)
Your point of contact for anti-doping matters is: (Tony Giles, Tony@softball.org.nz)