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This is compulsory for:

a) All National squad members – elite, junior, development squads, MTBO or their equivalents.
b) All national team coaches and managers.
c) All Australian elite & W/M20 team members – WOC, JWOC, World Games, World Cup, Bushrangers, Australian University team; Oceania W/M20 and elite teams.
It is desirable, but not mandatory for all regular participants in NOL / NS races at elite or M/W20 level to complete the courses. This is because anyone who participates in these races can potentially be subject to drug testing. However, we do not wish to discourage participants who are older or relatively inexperienced from being able to race the occasional NOL / NS event. Age group orienteers are also welcome and encouraged to do the courses.

COURSES:

Compulsory:
– Level 1 Anti-Doping Course (or Level 1 Fast Track Course-if confident of your knowledge)
– Level 2 Anti-Doping Test
Basically everyone must do both of these.
IF you have already done Level 1, then you are able to go straight to Level 2 Anti-Doping Test, which is much shorter than Level 1.
Level 2 will need to be done annually, by Easter each year. This revises some core knowledge but also introduces concepts which are new or changed in the past 12 months. Optional:
-Learning Updates. A series of short interactive videos about current trends in anti-doping.

WHERE:

These courses can be accessed via the ASADA Pure Performance Online learning system*
Then go to E-Learning in the yellow box on the Right hand side.
You will need to create a log-in and password.

WHEN? Before Easter – April 18th

WHY?

-Education about this subject needs to be ongoing as changes occur regularly re banned substances and testing methodologies.
-ASADA has reported a rise in “state level” athletes being sanctioned for doping rule violations and testing can occur at any level, not just in the elite.
-It is important that all orienteers are responsible in protecting their own and Orienteering’s sporting integrity and thus we have a fair and level “playing field.”
Then go to E-Learning in the yellow box on the Right hand side.
You will need to create a log-in and password.

HOW MONITORED?

OA’s Anti-Doping Officer, (Nick Dent starts this role in April) simply rings the ASADA Education Officer and will receive a list of all orienteers that have completed each level.
You do not need to forward certificates, as in past years.

COMPLIANCE

All team members of any Australian elite or junior team will be required to have completed Level 1 & 2 within 7 days of selection, or else selection will be withdrawn.
Orienteering Australia is not going to chase people on this – it’s your responsibility as a committed athlete.

I.T. PROBLEMS

Last year some people experienced IT issues due to some problems with the ASADA website. I have been told that these have been rectified.
However, for any IT related problems or with logging on etc please forward your queries to the ASADA Education Officer, Chris Butler – chris.butler@asada.gov.au*
Updated WADA Prohibited List
The 2014 List of Prohibited Substanc­es and Methods took effect on Janu­ary 1, 2014.
The List – which was approved by WADA’s Executive Committee on Sep­tember 11, 2013 – can be viewed at WADA’s website or through the free iPhone application.
The List can also be accessed us­ing other mobile devices via the mo­bile site.

Supplements

Because supplement manufacturing processes can lead to their contents varying from batch to batch, ASADA cannot advise whether, at any particular time, a specific supplement, or batch of a supplement, contains prohibited substances.
Athletes who take supplements are, therefore, at risk of committing an inadvertent anti-doping rule violation. The presence of a prohibited substance in a supplement product may result in an anti-doping rule violation, whether its use was intentional or unintentional.

Under the World Anti-Doping Code strict liability principle, athletes are ultimately responsible for any substance found in their body, regardless of how it got there.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions

Athletes may at times need to use a prohibited medication to treat a legitimate medical condition.
A Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) is an exemption that allows an athlete to use, for therapeutic purposes only, an otherwise prohibited substance or method (of administering a substance) which may be present during competition.

Kay Haarsma
(current anti-doping officer)

*website no longer available