Policies and Procedures in Northern Ireland
Sports Council for Northern Ireland is committed to drug-free
sport and works with UK Sport and the Irish Sports Council to
ensure that athletes in Northern Ireland are:
about anti-doping issues
in drug testing programmes, both in and out of competition
Sports Council for Northern Irelandís policy direction on
drug-free Sport is in line with that of UK Sport.
March 2003, the UK Government, along with the Government of the
Republic of Ireland, and 72 other governments worldwide,
signed up to a new World Anti-Doping Code in Copenhagen.
The Sports Council is working with UK Sport to ensure the
implementation of the Code over the next year.
Code will harmonise anti-doping activities and processes across
different countries and different sports, creating one definitive
set of anti-doping procedures that cover testing, laboratory
accreditation and operations, banned substances and disciplinary
Code will have implications for both the UK policy on anti-doping
and the Irish Anti-Doping programme. In taking the implementation of the Code further, the
following plans are in place:
a meeting between the Sports Council for Northern Ireland,
UK Sport and the Irish Sports Council to ensure a co-ordinated
approach in relation to testing and education programmes in NI;
briefing and consultation with Northern Ireland governing
bodies on the implications of the new code (summer 2003);
revisions to the UK and Northern Irelandís anti-doping
policies (September 2003);
re-structuring and training (October Ė December);
implementation of the newly revised statement of
Anti-Doping Policy which will be compliant with the World Code.
on the links to access the
UK Sport and Irish Sports Council anti-doping websites.
further information on anti-doping plans in Northern Ireland,
please contact [email protected]