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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Drugs in sport

For some athletes, the will to win is so strong they will try anything to enhance their performance. Action is required to eliminate the use of prohibited substances and methods in sport, to ensure that the true spirit of sport is maintained and to protect the rights and health and wellbeing of athletes. Sport and Recreation Tasmania endorses the anti-doping policies and functions of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

ASADA, established in 2006 by the Australian Government, offers one of the most fully integrated sports anti-doping programs in the world in order to protect Australia’s sporting integrity through the elimination of doping. ASADA’s vision is to be Australia’s driving force for pure performance in sport where an athlete’s performance is solely dependent on talent, determination, courage and honesty.

ASADA’s functions include:

  • Designing and delivering education and community programs
  • Detecting and managing anti-doping rule violations
  • Collecting and analysing anti-doping intelligence and investigations cases
  • Monitoring and reporting compliance with anti-doping policies
  • Supporting athletes to meet their anti-doping obligations

A policy of strict liability exists in elite sport,

whereby an athlete is responsible for any substance found in their body. ASADA strongly advises athletes to check the status of any medication or substance prior to use, to avoid inadvertently using a prohibited substance, by contacting ASADA.

ASADA also has a facility to confidentially report doping for athletes, support persons and members of the public to anonymously provide ASADA investigators with tips and leads about drug use in sport. ASADA has many free and easy to use online education tools.

Australian Sports Commission

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) works in partnership with the ASADA to ensure that Australia maintains a world-renowned anti-doping program and that Australian sports comply with the World Anti-Doping Code.

Find out about  the ASC’s stance on and role in anti-doping.