Anti-Doping Authorities

The world anti-doping authority (WADA)

WADA was established in 1999 it is funded by governments across the world in order to prevent the use of dangerous or harmful drugs that go against the ethics of  sport.

Many of the drugs are banned from sport as they have adverse health effects and as many sports players act as role models to children in our society it is important they promote a drug free image as this will prevent people in the public from taking performance enhancing drugs.

WADA have a world anti-doping code which consists of a list of prohibited substances which is constantly updated with research and includes testing procedures for countries to follow.

The world Anti-doping agency’s key role is to promote,coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its form.It does not have a role in measuring the effects of prohibited substances in sports that is left to the branches of WADA in each country.

  • Substances and methods can be prohibited by WADA if they meet any two of the three following criteria.
    • Evidence that the substance or method enhances or has the potential to enhance performance
    • Evidence that the substance or method represents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete
    • WADA’s determination that use of the substance or method violates the spirit of sport

Australian Anti-doping Authority

The Australian branch of WADA is known as ASADA= Australian sports anti-doping authority

ASADA’s role:

  • Is to Carry out in season and off-season testing of athletes to ensure they are not taking any performance enhancing drugs.
  • Elite athletes must let ASADA know of known time when they will be available for drug testing and may be subject to random drug test through the year.
  • ASADA is also responsible for creating an athletes biological passport in which all the values of testing are recorded so if there any significant changes in certain values ASADA can then further investigate to see if drug use was the cause of such changes. This allows ASADA to be able to monitor athletes for longer periods of time and are more likely to catch drug cheats.