To promote and protect the integrity of sport and the health of athletes, the IPC, together with International Federations and the National Paralympic Committees established the IPC Anti-doping Code.
The aims of the code, which is fully compliant with the World Anti-doping Agency Code, are:
To protect the athlete’s right to participate in doping free sport and thus promote health, fairness and equality for athletes worldwide.
To ensure harmonised, co-ordinated and effective anti-doping programmes on the international and national level with regards to detection, deterrence and prevention of doping.
Anti-doping rules, like Competition rules, are sport rules governing the conditions under which sport is played. All participants (athletes and athlete support personnel) accept these rules as a condition of participation and are presumed to have agreed to comply with the IPC Anti-doping Code.
The IPC fully supports the World Anti-doping Agency’s (WADA) view that the long-term solution to preventing doping is through effective values-based education programmes that can foster anti-doping behaviors and create a strong anti-doping culture.
In addition to the video above, WADA has produced a number of educational resources for athletes and coaches which can be found below:
Coach True (link to http://www.wada-ama.org/en/Education-Awareness/Tools/Coach/)
I have always believed that all sports should be played on equal terms. This is especially true when it comes to doping. It is of the utmost importance that we have a strong anti- doping system in place to make sure that we keep the sports clean and true. Through the many years participating in high level sports I have seen the increase of doping controls, both in competition and out of competition. This shows that the focus on anti doping work has filtered through to disabled sports as well. The out of competition tests must continue and increase as I see this as the best deterrent to keep athletes on the narrow path and to make sure that athletes that cheat are caught. Another important deterrent is to increase the penalties and the length of exclusions, but also make sure that athletes get a fair and just hearing/case. With longer exclusions the punishment is more severe for athletes who want to cheat and for athletes who make a living on their sport it will make them think twice before using prohibited substances/doping.
With the implementation of the anti doping code I believe that we are on the right way to achieve clean sports and an equal/level playing field.
We must all contribute to achieve doping free sport by adhering to the anti doping rules and regulations. We should all be working towards this goal.
Yu Chui Yee Alison
Every athlete is training so hard to compete. Therefore, they should have the opportunity to compete in a fair game. For athletes and coaches, we have no excuse to ignore the anti-doping code, ignorance is not a reason to cheat. It is the responsibility of athletes, coaches and all of us to maintain the sport in clean and fair.
Through the education program and achievement of WADA, we are having more opportunity to unstand the process of anti-doping test, mechanism, why we have to do it and how to stay away from doping. From past experience, the flight against doping is difficult without the international and local support.
The implantation of medical exemption process ( Therapeutic Use Exemption TUE) do give a breakthrough to anti-doping pathway. It states that if you are have a medical condition, which required the use of prohibited medical substances. You have to stop competing in the sport until your medication is finished, so that the test won´t give you a positive result.
The future is full of challenges in anti-doping. Education is the most essential way to promote anti-doping. More regulation and guidelines are needed for athletes to stay away from doping. Athletes are also having responsibility to monitor themselves and try to keep the sport as clean and fair as possible. All of us have to work hand in hand so that we can promote anti-doping to every nation, every sport and everyone.
Let’s follow me and go through your life healthfully, successfully and transparently. It is possible, it works! My sport career and my way concerning feeding and using nutrition supplements is easy and clear. I try to use only natural resources and do not take any pills (just from time to time particular nutrition or during illnesses but I check all ingredients). It is my own decision and my own experience which I use to avoid potential problems, to keep my health which is the most important not my results – but it works together and it is the best thing to realise. You can achieve amazing scores and have your body strong enough and in a great shape at the same time. I don’t like cheating and I understand and know that among us are people who need to take various pills due to their complicated state of health but you can use your brain and be interested in sport fully which includes nutrition habits - it is also the important part of your sport preparation and performance.
I feel very strongly that doping places an athlete's health and safety at significant risk. There are so many financial and other incentives in sport today that push athletes to making the wrong decision regarding doping.
WADA places significant consequence on athletes who are doping thereby creating tremendous incentive for athletes to play clean and take care of their health. I do agree that ultimately the individual athlete is responsible for what is in their body, however WADA, the IPC/IOC, NPC/NOC's, IF's and coaches have responsibility to help an athlete make the right decision and compete on a safe and level field of play. I respect that the majority of athletes are trying their hardest to play by the rules.
Being true to myself is about being the very best I can be and putting in 100 percent to get the results that I strive for. Being true to myself is also competing hard but playing by the rules and honouring the values that underpin sport and life. Sport that is free of doping is something I am passionate about and something that I believe WADA are and have done huge amounts to make this a reality.'
Playing, competing in a fair games with athletes that do not ignore the rules or codes, is a goal that looks essential! And that’s what I’m looking for as a responsible athlete and person!
So please, athletes from all around the works, follow me to keep the planet of sport as clean as possible, for the ethic of our practice and the health of our athletes.
True Sport is a clean sport. For the health and well being of all athletes, keep it clean and fun. Stay clean and fair to you, and true to your sport.
I’ve now been active in wheelchair sport for more than 30 years. My respect and gratitude towards my body stopped me in all those years from betraying my body with doping. For me and my body, sport should mean something healthy, which means keeping your hands off things that damage your joie de vivre and quality of life in the long term. It fills me with pride that I could take part in clean sport – which by now is 13 Paralympic Games (7 summer, 6 winter) and in so doing I gained 14 gold medals and won 111 marathons in my career – all without doping.
I was born in a small village in the mountains. Life there is very true. I took this truth with me from there, and I will not ever change this my whole life long. Competing is a pleasure. It’s a great part of my life. I enjoy my results, but to be really happy with them you have to compete fairly. You can’t be happy if you destroy your natural strength and compete unfairly. Be proud of being fair! Do not cheat. If you win the titles and medals that way, it will not give you any satisfaction.