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.
If you are a national – or international – level athlete, the Code applies to you. “International-level”athletes are defined by the athletes’ International Federation. “National-level” athletes are defined by the athletes’ National Anti-Doping Organization.
As an athlete, you have certain roles and responsibilities. These include:
You must know and comply with all “applicable anti-doping policies and rules.”
You must take responsibility for what you “ingest,” meaning what you eat and drink and anything that may enter your body. The essential rule is this: if it is in your body, you are responsible for it. In legal terms, this is called “strict liability.”
You must be available for sample collection.
You must inform medical personnel that they are obligated not to give you prohibited substances or methods. You must also take responsibility to make sure that any medical treatment you receive does not violate the Code.
You must cooperate with anti-doping organizations investigating anti-doping rule violations.
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Coaches, trainers, managers, agents and other support personnel are often role models for athletes. They,
too, have certain rights and responsibilities. These include:
They must know and comply with all anti-doping policies and rules that apply to them or the athletes they support.
They must cooperate with the athlete-testing program.
They must use their considerable influence to promote a clean sport philosophy.
They must cooperate with Anti-Doping Organizations investigating anti-doping rule violations.
They must not use or possess any prohibited substance or method without a valid justification.
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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.
WHAT: As an athlete, you may have an illness or condition that requires a particular medication. If this medication appears on the Prohibited List, you may be granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) which gives you permission to take it.
WHY: TUEs ensure that you are able to obtain treatment for a legitimate medical
condition—even if that treatment requires a prohibited substance or method. The TUE process avoids the risk of sanctions due to a positive test.
WHO: Any athlete who may be subject to doping control must request a TUE before taking a prohibited medication. All information in this request remains strictly confidential.
WHEN: An application must be made at least 30 days before taking part in an event. In exceptional cases or true emergencies, a TUE may be approved retroactively.
HOW TO SUBMIT:
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 the
The substance does not enhance your performance beyond what
brings 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.
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