Deaf Sports Ireland’s policy is that doping is contrary to the spirit of sport and every member has a duty to ensure that the sport is free of doping.
This page provides up-to-date information from World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Irish Sports Council, and International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) and Deaf Sports Ireland rules and regulations in the area of doping.
Membership of Deaf Sports Ireland means that all athletes may be selected for testing. Your membership of Deaf Sports Ireland commits you to agreeing to testing and in the case of a minor (U18) the prior written consent of the parent or guardian is required via the initial membership process at Club level, or at selection for competition or through competition entry forms.
The consequences of not adhering to Anti-Doping rules can be severe for athletes and their support personnel such as coaches and parents, therefore it is critical that any questions/concerns be clarified with either the Deaf Sports Ireland or the Irish Sports Council.
The following sections highlight key areas with regard to Anti-Doping. Deaf Sports Ireland advises all members to read and understand the anti-doping rules and to understand your responsibilities under the rules. The consequences of not adhering to Anti-Doping rules can be severe for athletes and their support personnel such as coaches and parents, therefore it is critical that any questions/concerns be clarified with either the Deaf Sports Ireland or the Irish Sports Council.
Irish Anti-Doping Rules
Deaf Sports Ireland has adapted the Irish Anti-Doping Rules as the anti-doping rules of Deaf Sports Ireland.
Under the Irish Anti-Doping Rules, the Irish Sports Council carries out drug testing on behalf of Deaf Sports Ireland.
Full details on the Irish Anti-Doping Programme are available at: www.irishsportscouncil.ie/antidoping
International Federation Rules
Deaf Sports Ireland must also adhere to the rules of our International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD)
Full details on the International Federation Anti-Doping Programme are available at: http://www.deaflympics.com/anti-doping/
Athletes/Squad members attending International Events need to check in particular the regulations regarding TUE requirements of the International Federation in relation to competing at International Events, for e.g. if an Irish Sports Council TUE Certificate of Approval is accepted or if an athlete needs to re-apply to the International Federation etc. Athletes should verify the rules and regulations with their medical officer/ team manager or Anti-Doping Officer Aoife Hoey.
What do members need to know?
In principle any athlete competing in Athletic, Badminton, Basketball, Lawn Bowls, Football, Futsal, Golf and Swimming can be tested so each athlete regardless of the level at which they are competing needs to be aware of the anti-doping rules.
1. Sample Collection Procedures
For information on the Sample Collection Procedures that are adhered to when athletes are tested, the following resources are available:
• Read the leaflet ‘Sample Collection Procedures – Urine and Blood’ http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Anti-Doping/Testing/What_happens_in_a_drug_test_/Sample_Collection_Procedures_-_Urine_and_Blood_Leaflet_.pdf
• Check out the e-learning programme Real Winner www.irishsportscouncil.ie/realwinner
Athletes need to be aware that there are risks associated with the use of sports supplements with many positive drug tests associated with their use. For more information, read the Irish Sports Council Supplements and Sports Food Policy at http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Anti-Doping/Medicines_TUEs/Supplements_Nutrition/
Useful fact sheets in relation to supplements are available on the Institute of Sport website at: http://www.instituteofsport.ie/Institute_Of_Sport/Athlete_Zone/Performance_Nutrition/
3. Registered Testing Pool
Athletes are informed directly by the Irish Sports Council when they are included on the Registered Testing Pool. Athletes on the RTP can be tested anywhere, anytime with no advance notice. Athletes must comply with the RTP requirements such as TUE and Whereabouts requirements. See www.irishsportscouncil.ie/rtp for further information.
4. National Testing Pool
The National Testing Pool (NTP) consists of athletes who are in National Squads and Development Squads, who attend training organized by Deaf Sports Ireland. Athletes in the NTP can be drug tested both in- and out-of-competition. Out-of-competition testing will mainly be based on squad/team training sessions but the Irish Sports Council may test an athlete at their home address. Both urine and blood samples can be requested. See www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Anti-Doping/Testing/National_Testing_Pool for more information.
Who to ask for further information?
Anti-Doping information and regulation wallet cards from the Irish Sports Council will be provided to competing athletes and club officials and can also be requested at any time by any member, by sending a request to the administrator.
It is the athlete’s own responsibility to monitor what he/she ingests, so it is very important to be familiar with the banned substance list.
The Irish Sports Council Anti-Doping Unit can be contacted at:
Anti Doping Unit
Irish Sports Council
Top Floor, Block A
Westend Office Park,