The ISA 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 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 ISA has jurisdiction is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
As a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code, the ISA implements a strict adherence to the Code as a way to ensure a clean, healthy and fair sporting atmosphere for all athletes. By conducting both in-competition and out-of-competition testing, the ISA confirms proper testing and results management methods are administered throughout the sport.
The rules and regulations of ISA’s Anti-doping Policy aim to:
- Promote Surfing as a drug-free sport;
- Uphold and preserve the ethics of Sport;
- Ensure that all athletes have an opportunity to compete equally;
- Safeguard the physical health and mental integrity of the athletes;
- Establish consistent standards of anti-doping policy and testing;
- Encourage Member Federations execute similar regulations with their athletes.
In addition, the ISA strives to continuously educate and monitor the National Governing Bodies’ yearly activities regarding their self-implemented policies to members. It is of the utmost importance that the ISA member federations accept and promote an anti-doping policy within their national events, camps and championships.
All Athletes competing in ISA World Championships or ISA Sanctioned Events shall be subject to In Competition Testing at any time, with or without advance notice.
All ISA World Championship finalists (gold-copper) per division will be tested
In addition, the ISA typically conducts 3 random drug tests at every ISA event. The ISA will determine, in its sole discretion, whether random tests will be conducted or not, based on a variety of factors including but not limited to: event schedule, medical staffing schedule and available supplies.
a. Random athletes are selected via computerized random number generator in the presence of the testing doctor or other impartial witness.
All minors under 18 years of age must have a legal guardian or representative present at the time of testing. The representative and the athlete must sign all supporting documentation.
All Athletes under the jurisdiction of a Nation Federation that is a member of the ISA shall be subject to Out of Competition Testing at any time or place, with or without advance notice.
The ISA maintains a Registered Testing Pool of Athletes who are required to comply with the whereabouts requirements of the WADA International Standard for Testing.
The ISA notifies all athletes of their inclusion in the Registered Testing Pool (RTP), after which it becomes the responsibility of the athlete to forward their Whereabouts Filing and thereafter to provide the ISA with updated information specifying their whereabouts. The ISA provides detailed instructions to athletes and their managers for this process.
Like all International Federations, the ISA’s Registered Testing Pool is comprised of top- level athletes who are subject to both In-Competition and Out-of-Competition testing. The ISA’s RTP is updated annually, or more frequently at the ISA’s discretion.
All minors under 18 years of age must have a legal guardian or representative present at time of testing. In addition to the athlete, the representative must sign all supporting documentation.
WHY: TUEs ensure that you are able to obtain treatment for a legitimate medical
Request a TUE form from your relevant anti-doping organization (ADO) or through ADAMS.*
Your physician fills out the TUE form and you send it back to your ADO
Once a TUE is requested, a panel of experts selected by the ADO reviews your request and will grant a TUE if:
Your health will be significantly impaired if you do not take thesubstance.
The substance does not enhance your performance beyond whatbrings you back to normal health
- There are no alternative treatments available
The ADO advises if you can take the requested medication or not. In the case of a denied request, you will be informed of the reasons. You have the right to appeal the decision.
The ISA is available and willing to assist any member federations with the implementation and organization of a strong anti-doping plan.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss bettering the drug-free future of your athletes.
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