Under legislation - specifically the Australian Sports Ant-Doping Authority Act 2006 and its regulations – and the World Anti-Doping Code, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) requires that DanceSport Australia (DSA) shall establish rules requiring all Athletes and each Athlete Support Personnel who participates as coach, trainer, manager, team staff, official,medical or paramedical personnel in a Competition or activity authorised or organised by the DanceSport Australia or one of its member organisations to agree to be bound by thisAnti-Doping Policy and to submit the results management authority to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) responsible under the Code as a condition of such participation. All members of DanceSport Australia, via the process of paying their annual membership subscription, agree to be bound by this anti-doping policy.
In conjunction with ASADA, DanceSport Australia has revised its existing rules, and this revision is contained in the formal DSA policy – adopted by DSA National Council on 11th December, 2014 and identified as CR002.1 DanceSport Australia Anti-Doping Policy which is available by accessing the link below, and via this web site at the tabs “About DanceSport”, then “Other Competition Rules” and then “Anti-Doping Policy (Effective 1st January, 2015)”.
Important Advice to all DSA Members - Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel -
- ·You are responsible for knowing what the anti-doping rule violations are.
- ·You must find out which substances and methods are prohibited.
- ·Ignorance is no excuse.
- ·You must be aware of the rules in this Anti-Doping Policy.
- ·This Anti-Doping Policy adopts the strict liability principle.
- ·Athletes are responsible for anything found in their system.
- ·You must be aware of the sanctions that could be applied to you in this Anti-Doping Policy.
Also importantly, Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel must –
- take responsibility, in the context of anti-doping, for what they ingest and use.
- inform medical personnel of their obligation not to Use Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods and to take responsibility to makesure that any medical treatment received does not violate this Anti-Doping Policy.
Should there be any questions, I would be very pleased to respond.
Steve Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, DanceSport Australia