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Anti-Doping

The purpose of KWA's Anti Doping Policy is to protect Athletes' fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and to ensure harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programs at the international and national level with regard to detection, deterrence and prevention of doping.

Kung Fu Wushu Australia's Anti-Doping Policy

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World Anti-Doping Agency

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) updates its prohibited list prior to the commencement of each calendar year. Visit the World Anti-Doping Agency website for the most up-to-date information.

  • WADA Prohibited List
  • Key Changes
  • World Anti-Doping Code

Some substances are banned at all times, and others in-competition only. Here are some examples:

Cold & Decongestant medications: (stimulants)

  • Phenylephrine and chlorephramine are permitted in and out of competition
  • Pseudoephedrine is banned in-competition only – cease medication 24 hours before competing.

Asthma medications:
These medications are now permitted at all times:
  • Salbutamol (Ventolin, Aeromir, Asmol)
  • Salmeterol (Seretide, Serevent)
  • Formoterol (Symbicort, Foradile, Oxis)
  • Inhaled corticosteroids (Becotide, Flixotide, Pulmicort)

Banned in-competition:
  • Oral corticosteroids (prednisolone, Solone) - cease medication 6 days before competition

Banned in and out of competition:
  • Terbutaline (Bricanyl)

Therapeutic Use Exemption

Occasionally an athlete may require a medication for a legitimate medical condition. A Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) is an exemption that allows an athlete to use, for therapeutic purposes only, an otherwise prohibited substance or method (of administering a substance) which may be present during competition. TUE applications are submitted to ASDMAC and may take up to 30 days to process.

In an emergency your health comes first. If your health depends on a prohibited substance or method, submit a TUE application immediately after treatment has occurred (retroactive TUE).

You can check substances and apply for TUE at: www.asdmac.gov.au.

Testing Pools: DTP and RTP

Domestic Testing Pool (DTP) Athletes
The Domestic Testing Pool includes athletes who are at a senior competitive level and is determined by Kung Fu Wushu Australia. Listed athletes are required to ensure any changes to any contact details (address, phone numbers, email address) are supplied to Kung Fu Wushu Australia as soon as they become available. This is an ASADA requirement. Athlete details and attendance at competitions and training camps will be provided to ASADA by KWA.

Please note all athletes who meet the definition of a 'competitor' may be tested at any time.

Registered Testing Pool (RTP) Athletes
Athletes can be added to the Registered Testing Pool at ANY time and will receive notification by ASADA. Typically athletes on National Teams will be included in the RTP, as well as other athletes as required. Athletes who are part of the Registered Testing Pool (RTP) need to let ASADA know where they are going to be, at specific times, so that ASADA can perform no-advance notice testing.

Athlete Whereabouts are filed online via ASADA's Regular Schedule form and fax, mail or email the form back to ASADA.

It is YOUR obligation to ensure the "Whereabouts" Form is received by ASADA each quarter, on or before the due dates provided.

Athletes who fail to provide current, complete and accurate "Whereabouts Information" by the due date may have declarations made against them which could give rise to anti-doping violations.

As an elite athlete you are responsible for any substances found in your system. ASADA recommends that you always check the status of medications and other related products (prior to use). You can access an on-line list of banned and permitted medications as well as your rights and responsibilities as an athlete using the Check Your Substances online tool.

Be particularly aware that various supplements may contain banned substances that are not clearly listed. Detection of these banned substances will still incur a sanction even if the athlete is not aware of how it entered the body. It is an athletes' responsibility to know what is banned and permitted under Kung Fu Wushu Australia's Anti-Doping Policy.

Athlete Retirement and Reinstatement

When a National Team athlete wishes to retire from competitive kung fu / wushu it is important they understand and follow the requirements and obligations set out in the KWA Anti-Doping Policy. If an athlete, once retired, wants to return to the sport there are ALSO obligations and processes that need to be followed.

In summary, athletes need to notify Kung Fu Wushu Australia and ASADA by returning the ASADA Retirement Notification Form. The athlete will need to be available for testing until the actual date of retirement. If a retired athlete wishes to return to competition, the athlete must inform both Kung Fu Wushu Australia and ASADA by completing the ASADA Reinstatement Request Form. The athlete will then need to be available for out-of-competition testing; as per RTP athletes.

Competition after reinstatement The athlete will be eligible to compete in Domestic competitions run under the auspices of Kung Fu Wushu Australia 6 months after receipt of the request, and International competitions 12 months after the receipt of the request, provided that there is no violation of the Anti-Doping Policy.

For further information, please review the relevant sections of the Kung Fu Wushu Australia Anti-Doping Policy which must be adheared to.

Anti Doping Organisations – Useful Contacts and References

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

ASADA is the Australian Government Agency responsible for testing, education and advocacy as well as investigation and enforcement.
Website - www.asada.gov.au
Hotline - 13 000 ASADA (1300 027232) (operating seven days a week from 8am to 8pm (AEST))
International - +61 2 6222 4288
Fax - +61 2 6222 4201
Email - asada@asada.gov.au

Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee (ASDMAC)

ASDMAC is the Australian body that gives approval for athletes to use prohibited medications for legitimate therapeutic purposes.
Website - www.asdmac.gov.au
Phone - 13 000 ASADA (1300 027232)
Email - asdmac@asada.gov.au

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

WADA publish and maintains the 'Prohibited List' which is an international standard identifying substances and methods prohibited in-competition, out-of-competition, and in particular sports.
Website - www.wada-ama.org
Email - info@wada-ama.org

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a TUE?
A Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) allows an athlete to use a controlled or banned medication if there is a medical requirement for using it. Athletes apply to the Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee (ASDMAC) and must give medical evidence that they need to use this medication to treat a medical condition. A copy of all applications for TUE must also be sent to Kung Fu Wushu Australia.

I am a junior athlete. Do I have to apply for a TUE for my medication?
ASADA may test any international athlete during competition. You are required to submit a TUE if you are using any banned or controlled medication.

I am competing in the National Championships system. Will I need a TUE for my medication?
YES. All male athletes over 18 years and female athletes over 16 years will need to have a TUE for a banned or controlled medication if they are competing at the National Championships.

What cough & cold medications can I take?
You can take all decongestants and cough suppressants out-of-competition. During the competition period, you can take decongestants containing phenylephrine or chlorpheniramine.

I am having a cortisone injection into a joint; will I need to apply for a TUE?
No, you will not have to apply for a TUE for any joint or musculoskeletal cortisone injections.

I use a cortisone nasal spray for hayfever; do I need to apply for a TUE?
No, you will not have to apply for a TUE for any inhaled, nasal or skin use of cortisone. You will need to sign a Declaration of Use at the time of drug testing.

For how long is the TUE valid?
The validity of a TUE varies according to the condition and medication used and may be from a number of weeks to cover the treatment of an acute condition, to a year if the condition requires chronic treatment. Athletes will be notified in the approval letter from ASDMAC. You will need to update your medical file with your doctor at least yearly.

What supplements can I take?

Some supplements list their ingredients under different names, and it is not possible in many cases to verify the contents of the product. The contents of supplements can vary from batch to batch and may intentionally or unintentionally contain prohibited substances. Athletes who take supplements are, therefore, at risk of committing an inadvertent anti-doping rule violation.

There have been cases where both Australian and international athletes have been sanctioned after they have used supplements that they thought were okay, but which were actually contaminated with prohibited substances.

Vitamin and mineral supplements from reputable manufacturers may be less likely to be contaminated with prohibited substances.

Are recreational drugs banned?
All stimulants are banned in-competition (including amphetamine, methamphetamine, ecstasy).


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