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.
Below links are to the updated WADA Code and Standards that will take effect in 2021:
- WADA Code 2021
- International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories
- International Standard for Education
- International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information
- International Standard for Results Management
- International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)
- International Standard for Testing & Investigations
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.
The Prohibited List of Substances and Methods
The IRF will always adhere to the prohibited list published by WADA. The list of prohibited substances and methods is revised once a year. Updates are published each January.
Digital Prohibited List (easy search) can be accessed here. If there is any discrepancy, the PDF version is noted as the official version.
The Prohibited List of Substances and Methods is divided into three categories:
- Substances and methods prohibited at all times (in-and out of competition)
- Substances and methods prohibited in competition
- Substances prohibited in certain sports
Substances and methods prohibited at all times (in-and out of competition)
S0 – Non approved substances
S1 – Anabolic agents
S2 – Peptide hormones, growth factors, related substances and mimetics
S3 – Beta-2 agonists
S4 – Hormone and metabolic modulators
S5 – Diuretics and masking agents
M1 – Manipulation of blood and blood components
M2 – Chemical and physical manipulation
M3 – Gene and cell doping
Substances and methods prohibited in competition
In addition to the categories S0 to S5 and M1 to M3 defined above, the following categories are prohibited in competition:
S6 – Stimulants
S7 – Narcotics
S8 – Cannabinoids
S9 – Glucocorticoids
Substances prohibited in certain sports
P1 – Beta-blockers
The Global DRO website provides a simple and free to use checking service for medicines purchased in Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Simply select the country of purchase, enter basic details of the medication and the search will provide details of whether the medication is banned or not. Each search is logged individually and you can take the reference number as evidence of the search for assistance should a false positive result be found.
The site is updated regularly following updates to the published prohibited items list.
Recent Anti Doping news
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has officially accepted the IRF as a signatory of the WADA Code. In his congratulatory letter to IRF President Joe Willis Jones, WADA Director General Olivier Niggli noted: “WADA congratulates you on this important step in the fight against doping in
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