IFSS protects your right to enjoy doping-free Sleddog Sports

IFSS is an active participant in the global fight against doping in sport. IFSS have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code, governed by WADA, and supported by an UNESCO International Convention.

It is vital that everyone who cares for Sleddog Sports - athletes, coaches, officials and other support persons - are aware of the doping rules and contribute to doping-free Sleddog Sports.

What is doping?
Doping is defined as the occurrence of one or more of the following anti-doping rule violations according to article 2 of the WADA Code:

  • Presence of a prohibited substance in an athlete’s or dog´s sample
  • Use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or method
  • Refusing to submit to sample collection after being notified
  • Failure to file athlete whereabouts information and missed tests
  • Tampering with any part of the doping control process
  • Possession of a prohibited substance or method
  • Trafficking a prohibited substance or method
  • Administering or attempting to administer a prohibited substance or method to an athlete or dog
  • Complicity in an anti-doping rule violation
  • Prohibited association with athlete or dog support personnel who has engaged in doping

Why is doping prohibited?
The use of doping substances or doping methods to enhance performance is fundamentally wrong and is detrimental to the overall spirit of sport. Drug misuse can be harmful to an athlete's or dog´s health and to other participants competing in the sport. It severely damages the integrity, image, and value of sport. To achieve integrity and fairness in sport, a commitment to clean sport is critical.

Who can be sanctioned and how?
Anti-doping rules and sanctions do not only apply to athletes, but also to coaches, doctors, or other kind of athlete support persons that may be involved in a violation.

Under the World Anti-Doping Code, sanctions are applied consistently in all sports and all over the world. Depending on the violation and the circumstances involved, sanctions may range from a formal warning to a lifetime ban. A “normal” case where a prohibited substance has been used usually result in a 2–4-year period of ineligibility. Sanctions may also include loss of individual/teams results etc.

During the ineligibility period the sanctioned person will be prohibited to participate, in any capacity, in all activities (other than authorized anti-doping education or rehabilitation programs) organized by a National Federation or Club etc., in any sport.

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