Disc Golf in New Zealand

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Anti Doping FAQ’s

  1. What is an Anti-Doping Policy?

    An Anti-Doping Policy is a document that sets out guidelines for dealing with the use of drugs in sport. It covers who will be covered by the policy, which drugs are banned or monitored, how to obtain permission to use certain drugs, the procedures involved for testing for drugs, the procedures involved for dealing with a positive test and the disciplinary action that will be taken. The policy also sets out how other organisations such as the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), the New Zealand Sports Drug Agency (NZSDA) and the world governing body, World Flying Disc Federation fit in to the NZFDA Anti-Doping Code.

  2. Why do we need an Anti-Doping Policy?

    There are several reasons as to why New Zealand Disc Sports should have an Anti-Doping Code. The first is that the use of performance enhancing drugs is cheating, and the National Body should have a method to combat this form of cheating. The second is more practical; the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) adopted an anti-doping code in 2002. Under this code, each National Body is required to have its own Anti-Doping Code that conforms with the WFDF Code. In addition, it is a requirement for SPARC recognition which the NZFDA intends on applying for (see SPARC section). The last reason is for credibility. In the current sporting climate, no sport can be taken seriously if it does not condemn the use of performance enhancing drugs. The Anti-Doping Code is the NZFDA's way of officially recognising that using drugs in sport is wrong.

  3. How does this affect me?

    Social players

    The code will probably not affect you at all as a social player. Although the Code will cover all players, testing will likely only be done at the National level, so players playing within their region for fun will not have to cope with the Anti-Doping Code. Note that this is no reason to go out and cheat by using performance enhancing drugs.

    National Tour Player/Australian Nationals, etc

    The Anti-Doping Code will affect the National Tour players the most, as they are not already covered by any other Anti-Doping Code. An education programme will have to be undertaken by NZU in order to inform players of the requirements under the code. For most this means getting the proper documentation to do with insulin and asthma drugs. WADA has recently taken pseudoephedrine and caffeine off the banned substances list, so there is less chance of an accidental infringement of the Code. If you are not purposely taking drugs, and follow the education material provided by NZU, it is unlikely you would return a positive test. The likelihood of testing is also very small. Most minor sports are not tested at all by the NZSDA, and those that do have about 1 or 2 tests a year.

    Tour level players are only available for in-competition testing. This means that you can only be tested during a tournament. You cannot be tested before or after the tournament.

    The NZFDA Anti-Doping Code will have very little effect on players who play in Australian Nationals. This is because the AFDA already has an Anti-Doping Code for these events and you would come under their jurisdiction. The only difference is that any disciplinary action taken by the AFDA would be supported by the NZFDA, i.e. - a six month ban by the AFDA would also likely mean a six month ban from competing in NZ competitions.

    National Team Player at Worlds Level

    National Team/Worlds Players already fall under the WFDF Anti-Doping Code, so they are already affected. They would continue to have to get all necessary documentation together for use of drugs for medical purposes (diabetes, asthma etc).

    The only major change would be that International-level players would be subject to out-of-competition testing. This means that the NZSDA can test you even if there is no tournament on at the time. Under any Anti-Doping Code, the NZFDA is required to keep a directory of players at the International level, including up-to-date contact information so that this testing can be carried out. Only a very small number of test are carried out each year, however, the possibility is there. The NZFDA (through the NZU for Ultimate players) would need to keep these athletes informed as to the precautions they need to take to avoid a positive test.

  4. What am I allowed to consume?

    Anything not on the banned list. With pseudoephedrine and caffeine taken off the list, it is increasingly difficult to accidentally test positive for a doping offence. Drugs such as Steroids are on the list, as are other drugs such as methamphetamines, cocaine and heroine. Some party pills may contain substances that are on the banned list.

  5. Is caffeine banned?

    No, not at the moment, although the presence of caffeine will be monitored and maybe added back onto the list if it is being abused by athletes.

  6. Is alcohol banned?

    Yes, in some sports as set out on the WADA list - not disc sports.

  7. Is marijuana banned?

    Marijuana is banned and will be tested in competition for all sports.

  8. Do I need to declare my asthma medication?

    Yes. Brown preventers as well as blue relievers will require the athlete to lodge an abbreviated Theraputic Use Exemption (TUE) form before the athlete is tested.

  9. Who carries out the testing?

    In New Zealand, testing is carried out by the New Zealand Sports Drug Agency (NZSDA)

  10. Will I be tested?

    Probably not. Testing is only carried out at National Tournaments and International events. In New Zealand, it is likely that there will be very few tests, if any carried out each year. The closer you become to a New Zealand representative, the more likely you are to be tested. If you do become a New Zealand representative, you should expect to be tested and therefore you take more care with any medical drug you may be prescribed.

  11. When will I be tested?

    Any player competing at a National Tournament can be tested during the tournament.

    Players on the NZFDA list of International Level players can be tested during a tournament, or randomly at any time out-of-competition.

  12. What does it cost?

    The NZSDA covers the cost of testing in New Zealand.

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