Transplant Australia’s Board adopted a new Anti-doping Policy at its December Board Meeting after advice from Australia’s anti-doping agency. All members participating in sporting activities are encouraged to review the policy.
Transplant Australia’s Anti-Doping Policy is adopted and implemented in accordance with ASADA’s and the our responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 (Cth), the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Regulations 2006 (Cth) (including the National Anti-Doping scheme), and in furtherance of combined ongoing efforts to eradicate doping in sport in Australia.
This anti-doping policy contains rules governing the conditions under which sport is played. Aimed at enforcing anti-doping principles in a global and harmonised manner, they are distinct in nature from criminal and civil laws, and are not intended to be subject to or limited by any national requirements and legal standards applicable to criminal or civil proceedings. When reviewing the facts and the law of a given case, all courts, arbitral tribunals and other adjudicating bodies should be aware of and respect the distinct nature of this anti-doping policy implementing the Code as well as Australian legislation, and the fact that these rules represent the consensus of a broad spectrum of stakeholders around the world as to what is necessary to protect and ensure fair sport.
The sporting administration body has its own Code of Conduct. This is a separate policy document that is managed and enforced by the sporting administration body and is binding on all Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel. It is a document that covers conduct issues that either do not constitute a possible anti-doping rule violation, or have occurred as a consequence of behaviour that does constitute a possible anti-doping rule violation. This separate document will enable the separate management of conduct-related issues, including public disclosure, suspension or termination of contract and consequential sanctioning.
Transplant Australia Anti-Doping Policy
Transplant Australia’s Code of Conduct or other policy documents or rules shall not limit or change the effect of this anti-doping policy. Where there is any ambiguity or conflict, this Anti-Doping Policy will prevail. Fundamental rationale for the Code and our sporting administration body’s anti- doping policy.
Anti-doping programmes seek to preserve what is intrinsically valuable about sport. This intrinsic value is often referred to as „the spirit of sport‟. It is the essence of Olympism: the pursuit of human excellence through the dedicated perfection of each Person‟s natural talents. It is how we play true. The spirit of sport is the celebration of the human spirit, body and mind, and is reflected in values we find in and through sport, including:
• ethics, fair play and honesty
• excellence in performance
• character and education
• fun and joy
• dedication and commitment
• respect for rules and laws
• respect for self and other participants
• community and solidarity
Doping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport.
ASADA’s purpose is to protect Australia‟s sporting integrity and the health of Australian Athletes. Everything they do is focused on this outcome. ASADA aims to be an influential leader in anti- doping programme delivery. They place considerable focus on deterrence strategies. They seek to prevent the use of prohibited substances and methods in sport, and protect clean Athletes and the reputation of sports by conducting education, communications and awareness programs and initiatives.
Their aim is to create equality in sport so that Australian Athletes can participate on a level playing field at home and overseas. To achieve this, they provide programmes to help national sporting organisations meet their anti-doping responsibilities and they implement a strategic, targeted detection programme that incorporates intelligence gathering, Testing and investigations. ASADA seeks to engage Athletes, Athlete Support Personnel and the broader community in the fight against doping in sport.