Drug Free Sport NZ


2019 Anti-Doping information

Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand is committed to the advancement of clean sport that rejects cheating through the use of performance enhancing drugs and methods.

Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand are in partnership with the national anti-doping organisation, Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) to:

  • Promote a culture of clean sport
  • Deliver anti-doping education|
  • Organise and implement testing programmes
  • Report doping and suspicious activity
  • Support athletes to compete drug free

For full information about anti-doping, visit http://www.drugfreesport.org.nz/

– CLICK HERE to download the 2019 Clean Sport Handbook

Frequently Asked Questions – Click here 

For more information – click to expand

The Anti-Doping Rules

The Anti-doping Rules

All members of Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand are required to abide by New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules.
These rules reflect the World Anti-Doping Agency’s World Anti-Doping Code.

In summary the ten rule violations are:

  • The presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete’s sample
  • The use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or method
  • Evading testing or refusing to provide a sample for drug testing
  • Failing to provide accurate and up-to-date whereabouts information or missing a test
  • Tampering or attempting to tamper with any part of the doping control process
  • Possessing prohibited substances or methods
  • Trafficking or attempting to traffic any prohibited substance or method
  • Administering or attempting to administer a prohibited substance or method to an athlete
  • Covering up an anti-doping rule violation
  • An athlete associating with someone, such as a coach or medical professional, who has been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation or equivalent

The Prohibited List

The Prohibited List

This is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) every year and details all substances and methods which are prohibited or banned in sport.

A substance or method may be included on the list if it meets any two of the following criteria:

What level athlete am I?

I compete in weightlifting so what level athlete am I?

A lot of OWNZ members/athletes reach the National Competition level Criteria for our sport. We also have many who meet the National Representation level criteria. See the criteria information below to see what athlete you qualify as.

Click here for more information on what level athlete you are and to see what responsibilities are involved.

Weightlifting Criteria & TUE’s

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Many medications contain substances which are prohibited in sport. Any athlete who is sick or injured needs to carefully consider the medications they take to ensure they avoid prohibited substances.

Contact DFSNZ for full information on medications that are not permitted in sport.

Athletes can apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if they need to take medication which is prohibited in sport. When competing at national or international level a TUE must be applied for before taking any medication.

What is a Therapeutic Use Exception (TUE)?

Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)

Click here to find the steps that need to be followed if an athlete needs a Therapeutic Use Exemption. This is the process you will need to take if for medical reasons your medication contains a prohibited substance.

Remember, what level an athlete you are is determined to be is important because it dictates when you should apply for a TUE.  Find out more about the different levels of athletes here.

Athlete Whereabouts Programme

Athlete Whereabouts Programme

Anti-doping organisations, including DFSNZ, conduct drug tests on athletes out-of-competition with no advance warning. The Athlete Whereabouts Programme allows DFSNZ to locate athletes for testing.

The OWNZ Drug Free Sport NZ liaison officer will be in touch with athletes that need to keep this log up to date.

Drug Testing - whats involved?

Drug Testing – whats involved?

If you compete in our National Weightlifting Championship Events then it is highly likely that you could be drug tested.

Drug testing is one of the best ways to identify athletes who are doping and to protect athletes who are clean competitors. Athletes can be tested during an event (in-competition) or at any other time (out-of-competition) and will be asked to provide a urine sample, a blood sample or both. The testing process and sample collection for doping control will be carried out by a trained and accredited Drug Free Sport NZ official.

To understand this process better and what your individual rights & responsibilities are, click here!


Do you take a supplement/s – make sure you know their risks!

We advise all athletes to carefully assess their need for supplements and to carefully research any supplement they may be considering taking.

Many dietary or sports supplements are marketed as helping to improve performance, recovery, weight loss or muscle development, and, supplements can contain substances which are prohibited in sport and may not accurately label ingredients so you cannot be sure of exactly what’s in them.

Athletes should carefully assess their need for supplements and carefully research the supplements they choose to take.

Lodging a supplement query with DFSNZ can provide some assessment of the level of risk associated with supplements and may be able to identify products which are known to be a problem.


Club Education Resources & Contact Info

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact DFSNZ on 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437)

Your point of contact for anti-doping matters is:

Neroli King

Education Resources

We highly encourage all clubs to consider the following education programs to help keep their athletes up to date on all things Drug Free!!

DFSNZ Education

DFSNZ Resources

DFSNZ E-learning

IWF Anti Doping Policy 2017

IWF Anti Doping Policy 2017

CLICK HERE to read the updated policy.