Virtus is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code as the basis for the fight against doping in sport.
We treat the issue of doping very seriously. Competitors, coaches, member organisations, event organisers and Sport Technical Officers should read and understand the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) procedures carefully and ensure they are upheld at every opportunity.
The Anti-Doping Committee oversee all aspects of the Virtus anti-doping programme. The programme is based upon our Testing Pool policy (TP) and focuses upon in-competition testing at all organised events, therapeutic-use exemption management and test-result management.
- Read the full Anti-Doping Policy (Section 4.2)
Resources and Guides
Anti-Doping Education is essential for all athletes’ development. Virtus has compiled together some tools and resources in various languages to support Member Organisations with education of coaches and athletes.
- Video: Level the Playing Field
- Video: Say No! to Doping
- Video: Doping Control Process
- Guide: Anti-Doping at a Glance
- Guide: Dangers of Doping
- Guide: The Doping Control Process
- Guide: Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) At a Glance
- Guide: Managing supplement risks (credit: UK Anti-Doping)
- Guide: Rights and Responsibilities of Athletes (credit: UK Anti-Doping)
- Guide: Introduction to Testing (credit: UK Anti-Doping)
- Guide: Anti-Doping Rule Violations (credit: UK Anti-Doping)
- Guide: Consequences of Doping (credit: UK Anti-Doping)
- Guide: Whereabouts guide
- Guide: Athlete Guide – (English, French & Spanish)
Each year, Virtus publishes a report about its testing programme.
Prohibited substances and methods
Each year, WADA publish a list of ‘banned substances and methods’ – that is substances and practices which are illegal in sport as have been deemed to be performance enhancing.
Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
Athletes, like all others, may have illnesses or conditions that require them to take particular medications. If the medication an athlete is required to take to treat an illness or condition happens to fall under the Prohibited List, a TUE may give that athlete the authorisation to take the needed medicine.
TUE applications should be sent to the Anti-Doping Committee NO LESS THAN 21 DAYS BEFORE COMPETITION – sooner where possible. TUE applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
TUE’s are granted for a specific medication with a defined dosage. They are also granted for a specific period of time and do expire. The athlete needs to comply with all the treatment conditions outlined in the TUE Application.
Note 1: Any athlete who is competing in a World or Regional competition and is using a substance which appears on the banned list must apply to Virtus for a TUE.
Note 2: In certain cases, Virtus may recognise TUE’s issued by National Federations and some International Federations. Member Organisations should contact us for advice.
More information about TUE’s:
- International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions
- WADA TUE Guidelines
- Information about TUE and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
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