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Anti-Doping Policies and Procedures in Northern I

The 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: 

  • educated about anti-doping issues

  • involved in drug testing programmes, both in and out of competition

The Sports Council for Northern Irelandís policy direction on drug-free Sport is in line with that of UK Sport. 

In 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. 

The 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 sanctions. 

The 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: 

  1. 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; 

  2. briefing and consultation with Northern Ireland governing bodies on the implications of the new code (summer 2003); 

  3. revisions to the UK and Northern Irelandís anti-doping policies (September 2003); 

  4. re-structuring and training (October Ė December); 

  5. implementation of the newly revised statement of Anti-Doping Policy which will be compliant with the World Code. 

Click on the links to access the  UK Sport and Irish Sports Council anti-doping websites.

For further information on anti-doping plans in Northern Ireland, please contact [email protected] 





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