Hockey New Zealand is committed to the advancement of clean sport that rejects cheating through the use of performance enhancing drugs and methods.
Hockey New Zealand are in partnership with the national anti-doping organisation, Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) to:
- Promote a culture of clean sport
- Deliver anti-doping education|
- Organise and implement testing programmes
- Report doping and suspicious activity
- Support athletes to compete drug free
For full information about anti-doping, visit the Drug Free Sport website.
The Sports Anti-Doping Rules exist to keep sport fair and apply to all members of Hockey NZ, across all levels of play. Members who don’t follow the Sports Anti-Doping Rules risk a ban from all sport. With so much at stake, we encourage all members to learn the rules and how to avoid breaking them.
The Prohibited List
Some substances are prohibited in sport. Each year, the World Anti-Doping Agency publishes a list of all substances that are banned. Substances can be included on the list if they meet any two of the following criteria:
- It has the potential to enhance sporting performance
- It presents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete
- It violates the spirit of sport
Even common medications can contain prohibited substances. Athletes need to check every medication before taking it to avoid breaking the Sorts Anti-Doping Rules.
Supplements are a risk for clean athletes. DFSNZ don’t approve supplements or their use. The safest option for clean athletes is a food-first approach to nutrition. If you’re thinking about using a supplement, it‘s important to make an informed decision. DFSNZ’s Supplement Decision Making Guide helps you consider the health implications of supplements, your nutritional needs, and ways you can manage – but not eliminate – supplement risk factors.
The Athlete Whereabouts programme
Any athlete can be tested out-of-competition at any time and without advance notice. The Whereabouts programme is used worldwide to make sure athletes can be located for testing. Athletes must update their Whereabouts quarterly to protect the integrity of sport and to stay within the Sports Anti-Doping Rules.
Testing is a way to deter and detect doping in sport. As an athlete, you should expect – and be prepared – to be tested any time, anywhere. It may happen in or out of competition. You may be asked to supply a urine sample, blood sample or both.
Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)
If you need to take a prohibited substance on medical advice, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) allows you to do so without breaking the Sports Anti-Doping Rules. Certain high-level athletes need to apply for a TUE before they take any prohibited substances; other athletes may only need a retroactive TUE.
Anyone who has concerns about possible doping in sport can report those concerns confidentially to DFSNZ on 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437) or via their website.