IBSA is fully committed to the fight against doping in sport, from testing and monitoring to education and promotion. As the governing body for a range of sports, we are a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code.
Our own anti-doping rules and regulations are therefore fully compliant with the Code, and we work closely with the World Anti-Doping Agency to ensure we are doing as much as we can to support athletes and teams to make the right choices.
You can find more information about IBSA’s work on anti-doping, including documentation and downloads, elsewhere in this section.
The spirit of sport
Doping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport.
The anti-doping programme aims at preserving the intrinsic value of sport. This intrinsic value is often described as the “spirit of sport”, it is the essence of Olympism, the pursuit of human excellence through dedicated perfection of each person’s natural talents. It is how we play true. The spirit of sport is the celebration of the human spirit, body and mind and it is reflected in values we find in and through sport, including:
- ethics, fair play and honesty
- excellence in performance
- character and education
- fun and joy
- dedication and commitment
- respect for rules and laws
- respect for self and others
- community and solidarity
The principle of Strict Liability
The principle of strict liability is applied in situations where urine/blood samples collected from an athlete have produced adverse analytical results.
It means that each athlete is strictly liable for the substances found in his or her bodily specimen, and that an anti-doping rule violation occurs whenever a prohibited substance (or its metabolites or markers) is found in bodily specimen, whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.
Anti-Doping Rule Violations
Anti-doping rule violations are not restricted to the use of prohibited substances and/or methods.
Apart from positive doping tests, any and all infringements below are considered to be infringements to the Anti-Doping Rules and are sanctioned by a suspension or another disciplinary sanction:
- Presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete’s sample
- Use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method
- Evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection by an athlete
- whereabouts failures by an athlete
- Tampering or attempted tampering with any part of doping control by an athlete or other person
- Possession of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method by an athlete or athlete support person
- Trafficking or attempted trafficking in any prohibited substance or prohibited method by an athlete or other person
- Administration or attempted administration by an athlete or other person to any athlete in-competition of any prohibited substance or prohibited method, or administration or attempted administration to any athlete out-of-competition of any prohibited substance or any prohibited method that is prohibited out of competition
- Complicity or attempted complicity by an athlete or other person
- Prohibited association by an athlete or other person
- Acts by an athlete or other person to discourage or retaliate against reporting to authorities
IBSA key documents
World Anti-Doping Agency key documents
The education of athletes, coaches and medical practitioners is critical to the success of any anti-doping programme. Below are some resources to assist all in understanding the processes of doping control and the implications of doping in sport:WADA Quiz – Test your knowledge of anti-doping WADA Doping Control Video
Doping control forms (DCFs)
The World Anti-Doping Code as well as the International Standards for Testing and Investigations (ISTI) require DCFs to be submitted to WADA via ADAMS no later than 15 business days after sample collection.
Failure to do so will result in a declaration of non-compliance, in accordance with the ISO certified WADA process for non-compliance.
Anti-Doping Authorities that require assistance with the entry of the required information into ADAMS are invited to contact WADA via [email protected]
IBSA Anti-Doping Committee
The Anti-Doping Committee oversees IBSA’s activities. It helps coordinate testing, working with the sports and ensuring education takes place throughout the year.
Should you have any questions or need further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected]
Hela Kouki Chaouachi
Raja Anane Touzri