Anti Doping

WADA Code observer since 2014

IRF Position on Doping in Sport

The IRF is unequivocally opposed, on ethical and medical grounds, to the practice of doping in sport and fully supports the position of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the use of banned substances and methods.

The use, possession and/or trafficking of banned substances, methods, or the encouragement or counseling to use banned substances, or methods, and/or taking measures to mask the use of banned substances, or methods by any participant in competitions over which the IRF has jurisdiction is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

IRF Anti Doping History

In support of the IRF Position on Doping in Sport, the IRF Anti Doping programme was initiated in 2009 by the IRF Sport and Competition Committee. Doping tests were proposed for major international rafting competition events from 2011 forward, and in 2014 the IRF Board of Directors approved race rules which required World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) Code compliant doping tests mandatory for all Category A (World Championship) level events. The first Code compliant tests were conducted in 2014 at the IRF European Rafting Championship in Slovakia and again later that year at the World Rafting Championship in Brazil.  The IRF implements a strict adherence to the Code as a way to ensure a clean, healthy and fair sporting atmosphere for all athletes.

The WADA Code

The WADA Code is the core document that harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organisations and among public authorities around the world.

It works in conjunction with six international standards which describe how the various technical aspects of anti-doping work have to be performed.

After attaining Observer Status with the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) in October 2019, the IRF became eligible to apply for WADA Code signature status, further solidifying the IRF commitment to the anti-doping and clean sports movement.  As a Code signatore, the IRF will conduct both in-competition and out-of-competition testing, thereby confirming proper testing and results management methods are administered throughout our sport. With the support and guidance of GAISF, our WADA application is currently in process and we expect to become a Code signature in early 2021.  

As an athlete, it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that any medication you take or use is not on the prohibited list of substances

If you take any kind of medication, you will need to check the list of substances within the medication to see if any substance is on the prohibited list. Your doctor may be able to help you if they have prescribed the drug for you.

If you have any medication that is on the prohibited list you must have a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) prior to any doping control. If you can not show the doping control officer a TUE during the doping control you might receive a positive doping test.

Recent Anti Doping news

No adverse anti doping results WRC 2019
Anti Doping

No adverse anti doping results WRC 2019

The tests, done at the end of the Downriver by the Australian Anti-doping Agency, all went smoothly and quickly. The results have come in and no adverse findings were made! Thanks to all the athletes keeping our sport clean.

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No adverse anti doping results at WRC 2018
Anti Doping

No adverse anti doping results at WRC 2018

The IRF is pleased to announce that the results from the anti-doping tests done at the IRF’s 2018 World Rafting Champs in Argentina showed no adverse results. Thanks go to all the athlete’s for keeping our sport clean of doping.

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No adverse anti doping results at WRC2017
Anti Doping

No adverse anti doping results at WRC2017

The results from the anti-doping tests done at the IRF’s 2017 World Rafting Champs in Japan showed no adverse results. The IRF is pleased to see that their athlete’s are taking to heart the aim of keeping their sport clean of doping.

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Anti-Doping Committee

The Anti-Doping Committee is a sub-committee of the Sport & Competition Committee.

The remit of the Anti-Doping Committee is Anti-Doping.

  1. The Anti-Doping Sub-Committee shall serve under the Sport and Competition Committee and is responsible for ensuring that the IRF substantially complies with the recommendations and requirements codified by the World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA).
  2. The Anti-Doping Sub-Committee Chair shall be appointed by the IRF Executive Committee. The IRF Executive Committee, the Athletes’ Commission Chair, and the appointed Chair then shall appoint additional sub-committee members which should include a legal advisor, independent athletes, and other constituents who are familiar with anti-doping issues.

The Anti-Doping Sub-Committee is charged with the following tasks:

  1. Create and oversee an IRF Anti-Doping Program (ADP) which includes rules and procedures that are designed to keep IRF sanctioned events in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, the WADA Prohibited List, and any other relevant WADA precepts.
  2. Continuously evaluate and update (when necessary) the ADP.
  3. Ensure that all IRF Member Organizations are aware of the ADP and agree with its terms and conditions.
  4. Develop and implement effective methods for communicating the ADP to IRF Member Organizations and their athletes. This includes (but is not limited to) the development of plain-language documents that provides teams, athletes and coaches with a simple overview of testing procedures, prohibited substances and other relevant information about the ADP; and to make this information easily accessible to athletes and the general public through the internet and other means.
  5. Provide any needed support or information to IRF event hosts with regard to the ADP and WADA.
  6. Create credible, independent Anti-Doping Panels which will oversee the ADP during IRF sanctioned events and will be responsible for the following tasks:
    1. Develop fair, economical, and credible methods for selecting a pool of athletes for testing.
    2. Oversee the safekeeping of samples and test results gathered by Doping Authorities.
    3. In the case of positive tests, administer sanctions as directed by the ADP, and conduct fair hearings if sanctions are protested.
    4. Inform WADA, IRF Member Organizations and national Anti- Doping Authorities about any positive tests.
    5. Gather and compile statistics on test results.

Committee members:

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Michael Lindberg (Chair)

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Joseph Willis Jones

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Peter Micheler

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Sean Clarke

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Buba Martin

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