Anti-Doping

Anti-Doping & The IABA

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The Irish Athletic Boxing Association works closely with the Anti Doping Unit attached to Sport Ireland/Irish Sports Council. We make our boxers available for testing at all Tournaments. At our Senior Championships 2012, we invited members from the Anti Doping unit along to the weigh-in at our Championship. After the conclusion of the National Senior Championships in 2014. The sports Council were invited by IABA to attend and provide an update on anti doping issues to new boxers who qualified to the high performance unit,and also to boxers and coaches who were already present at the unit.

 (1) IABA’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

Membership of the IABA means that all athletes may be selected for testing. Your membership of the IABA commits you to agreeing to testing through IABA membership waiver forms. The members agree to abide by all rules and regulations of the IABA. This also refers to persons under the age of 18 which must be undersigned by a parent or guardian.

All club personnel have a responsibility to ensure that club members are aware of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules and that there is an atmosphere supporting a drug free sport within the club. A complete copy of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules are available at http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Anti-Doping/

Once you join the IABA and enter a competition you are accepting the fact that you could be drug tested.

(2) This page provides up-to-date information from World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Sport Ireland/Irish Sports Council, AIBA, and IABA rules and regulations in the area of doping.

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 IABA or Sport Ireland/Irish Sports Council.

(3) Doping is contrary to the spirit of sport. The spirit of sport is the intrinsic value of sport.
The spirit of sport is the celebration of the human spirit, body and mind, and is characterised, amongst other values, by ethics, fair play, honesty, health and respect for, and compliance with, the spirit and letter of rules and laws.

(4) IABA is fully committed to ensuring doping has no place in the sport of boxing. IABA works with Sport Ireland/Irish Sports Council and the AIBA in its anti-doping efforts.

(5) Rules apply to athletes and athlete support personnel.  The Irish Anti-doping Programme seeks to preserve the spirit of sport. By virtue of their participation in IABA activities, members, including minors, agree to abide by the Anti-Doping Rules.

The following sections highlight key areas with regard to Anti-Doping.  IABA 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 IABA or Sport Ireland/Irish Sports Council.

 Irish Anti-Doping Rules

IABA has adapted the Irish Anti-Doping Rules as the anti-doping rules of IABA. Irish Anti Doping Rules were adapted at the IABA National Convention 2009.

Under the Irish Anti-Doping Rules, the Irish Sports Council carries out drug testing on behalf of IABA

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

International Federation Rules

IABA must also adhere to the rules of our International Federation AIBA.

Full details on the International Federation Anti-Doping Programme are available at: www.aiba.org/doping-free-2/

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 Mr Larry Morrison.

What do members need to know?

In principle any athlete competing in boxing 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 see www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Anti-Doping/Athlete-Zone/Prohibited_List/

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 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 Android Market 
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.
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  • Northern Ireland/ UK/ Canada/ USA:
Medications bought in Northern Ireland, U.K., U.S.A and Canada can be checked on www.globaldro.com