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Anti-Doping


Anti-Doping

The GAA believes that doping is contrary to the spirit of sport and every member has a duty to ensure that Gaelic games are free of doping. Since 2001, Inter-County players have been subject to drug testing as part of an agreement with the Irish Sports Council (ISC) and their policy to cooperate with the international anti-doping campaign administered by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA).

ANTI-DOPING RULES
Riail 1.15 Treoir Oifigiúil states:
‘The Association forbids the use of prohibited substances or methods, a practice generally known as doping in sport. The Rules of the Association regarding doping are the Irish Anti-Doping Rules as adopted by the Irish Sports Council and as amended from time to time. The Rules contained in the said Irish Anti-Doping Rules shall have effect and be construed as Rules of the Association. Central Council shall establish a committee known as the Anti-Doping Hearings Committee. Pursuant to an agreement made between Central Council and the Irish Sports Council, for the purposes of this Rule and the Irish Anti-Doping Rules, all references to the Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel in the Irish Anti-Doping Rules shall be construed as referring to the Anti-Doping Hearings Committee. International Units shall comply with the Anti-Doping legislation in their respective Countries of operation. Central Council shall establish a committee known as the Doping Control Committee and shall designate to it such functions of the Association in relation to the prevention of doping in the games of the Association as it deems suitable.’

A complete copy of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules can be found by clicking here.

 

KEY AREAS
The following sections highlight key areas with regard to anti-doping. The Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee advise 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 Croke Park or the ISC.

 

RULES
Irish Anti-Doping Rules
The Medical, Scientific & Welfare Committee in conjunction with Central Council have adapted the Irish Anti-Doping Rules as the Anti-Doping Rules of the GAA.

GAA Official Guide
Riail 1.15 Treoir Oifigiúil states:
‘The Association forbids the use of prohibited substances or methods, a practice generally known as doping in sport. The Rules of the Association regarding doping are the Irish Anti-Doping Rules as adopted by the Irish Sports Council and as amended from time to time. The Rules contained in the said Irish Anti-Doping Rules shall have effect and be construed as Rules of the Association. Central Council shall establish a committee known as the Anti-Doping Hearings Committee. Pursuant to an agreement made between Central Council and the Irish Sports Council, for the purposes of this Rule and the Irish Anti-Doping Rules, all references to the Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel in the Irish Anti-Doping Rules shall be construed as referring to the Anti-Doping Hearings Committee. International Units shall comply with the Anti-Doping legislation in their respective Countries of operation. Central Council shall establish a committee known as the Doping Control Committee and shall designate to it such functions of the Association in relation to the prevention of doping in the games of the Association as it deems suitable.’

Full details on the Irish Anti-Doping Programme are available at: http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/antidoping


Anti-Doping Rule Violations
The World Anti-Doping Code contains a principle of ‘strict liability’. This means that a player is wholly responsible for any prohibited substances found in their system, regardless of how it got there and whether they intended to cheat or not.

Did you know that there are eight Anti-Doping Rule Violations? These are:
1) Presence of a Prohibited substance or method
2) Use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or method
3) Refusing or failing to complete doping control
4) Committing three Whereabouts Failures in Eighteen months
5) Tampering or attempted tampering with any part of doping control
6) Possession of a prohibited substance or method
7) Trafficking or attempted trafficking of a prohibited substance or method
8) Administration or attempted administration to an athlete or assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, covering up or any other type of complicity involving an Anti-Doping Rule Violation

Anti-Doping Rule Violations allow for coaches, managers, doctors, physiotherapists to also be sanctioned (refusing, tampering, possession, trafficking and administration).

 

KEY INFORMATION FOR PLAYERS
In principle, any player competing in Gaelic games 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) WADA Prohibited List – Checking Medications & TUE Policy
The World Anti-Doping Agency issues a Prohibited List annually. For information on the Prohibited List click here.

Note: Recreational Drugs are tested in-competition.
Check the status of over-the-counter and prescribed medications in relation to the Prohibited List, based on where you purchase the medication:

Republic of Ireland:

Drugs in Sport Database on http://www.eirpharm.com

For instant access to the Drugs in Sport Database, download the free 'Medication Checker' App available for iPhone and Android for Eirpharm - find it in the Apple iTunes Store or the Google Play Store

Medications bought in the Republic of Ireland can be checked by your G.P., Consultant or Pharmacist in a monthly publication called MIMS Ireland. Ensure the current months edition is checked.

Northern Ireland/ UK/ Canada/ USA:

Medications bought in Northern Ireland, U.K., U.S.A and Canada can be checked on http://www.globaldro.com

For further information, click here

If a medication is prohibited, you must check and adhere to the Irish Sports Council TUE Policy at http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/tue.

 

(2) Sample Collection Procedures
For information on the Sample Collection Procedures that are adhered to when athletes are tested, the following resources are available:
Click here to find out what happens in a drugs test
• Read the leaflet ‘Sample Collection Procedures – Urine and Blood, click here
• Check out the e-learning programme Real Winner http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/realwinner

 

(3) Supplements
A substantial amount of misinformation exists regarding optimal strategies for achieving peak athletic performance and health. Many ‘nutritional’ products are sold under the pretence that they hold the secret to enhancing performance, however, it must be noted that these typically lack research and sport medicine literature is filled with cases of athletes who have used such products with negative unintended consequences. There is no substitute for matching good food intake with nutrition needs. Proper nutrition supports training and can improve performance, whereas improper nutrition can be detrimental to performance. A well-planned eating strategy will help any training programme, whether you are training for fitness or for competition; promote efficient recovery between workouts; reduce the risk of illness or overtraining; and help you to achieve your best performance.

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 by clicking here

Useful fact sheets in relation to supplements are available on the Institute of Sport website at:

Irish Institute of Sport - Performance Nutrition

 

RESOURCES

GAA Anti-Doping e-Booklet

Learning and Development Portal

E-learning Course

Supplements and Sports Foods Policy

Important Fact Sheets

WADA 2015 Prohibited List

Summary of Modifications to 2015 Prohibited List

The 2015 Monitoring Program

 

FURTHER INFORMATION
Check out http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/antidoping for further information on these topics or to order education resources for you and your Club, click here.

 

For any queries regarding anti-doping in the GAA please contact:

Name: Ruairí Harvey

Tel: (0) 1 865 8685

E-mail: ruairi.harvey@gaa.ie


Anti-Doping Officer - Feargal Mc Gill

 

The Irish Sports Council Anti-Doping Unit can also be contacted directly at:
Anti Doping Unit
Irish Sports Council
Top Floor, Block A
Westend Office Park,
Blanchardstown,
Dublin 15.
Tel: 00353 1 8608800

E-mail: antidoping@irishsportscouncil.ie

Webiste: http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/antidoping



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