Sport Integrity Framework: Doping

11 June 2019

Doping in sport is both unhealthy and contrary to the ethics and spirit of sport. New Zealand fully supports the position of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the use of banned substances and methods to gain an unfair advantage.


Doping in sport is a global issue impacting athletes, coaches, managers, sports organisations and sports fans. Athletes who dope to enhance their performance and gain an advantage over their fellow competitors are cheating.

They devalue the honest efforts of clean athletes; deny others the ability to compete on a level playing field; fail to compete in the true spirit of sport; and undermine the integrity of competitive sport.

Drug Free Sport NZ is the primary agency responsible for ensuring that New Zealand athletes compete in a drug-free environment. The aim is to ensure that our athletes’ achievements are a result of hard work, skill and talent.

WADA drives the international anti-doping programme, with UNESCO setting the framework within which it operates. The Minister for Sport and Recreation is a permanent member of WADA’s Foundation Board, and every third year is the Oceania Public Authority representative on WADA’s Executive Committee.

The International Anti-doping Agreement (IADA) is an inter-governmental alliance which also exercises active influence on the development of the WADA Code and Standards.

Sport NZ role

Sport NZ administers the Sports Anti-Doping Act 2006 and provides support to Drug Free Sport NZ. It also requires the organisations it funds to adhere to the anti-doping rules and offers supplements advice to athletes via High Performance Sport NZ. It is also the lead strategic policy agency on anti-doping matters and gives advice and support to the Minister for WADA meetings.

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