Anti Doping

The Irish Orienteering Association is committed to promoting an environment where its members can compete fairly, and free from the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Orienteering competitions are subject to the Sport Ireland Anti-Doping Rules and the IOF (International Orienteering Federation) Anti-Doping Rules. These Rules are governed more broadly by the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Code.

The principles of anti-doping apply to all orienteers in Ireland, not only those on our national squads. The use of performance-enhancing drugs goes against the “Spirit of Orienteering” – the ethical foundations of fair play and respect for others that underpin orienteering in Ireland. Doping is unethical, unacceptable, and will never be a tolerated behaviour within the Irish Orienteering Association.

Athletes competing internationally and their support personnel have a particular responsibility to be informed of the anti-doping rules and the testing procedures to which they may be subject. Athletes should be aware of the substances on the WADA Prohibited List. Those taking prescribed medications may need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) from Sport Ireland. Furthermore, athletes should be aware that supplements bought over-the-counter or online may contain substances that are on the WADA Prohibited List.

The IOA anti-doping officer is available for guidance on any issues related to anti-doping, e-mail: antidoping@orienteering.ie

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