On behalf of ASADA I would like to thank the sporting community for their efforts and commitment to maintaining the integrity of their sport during the year!
For our part, ASADA has had a busy year working closely with the community, sporting organisations and international agencies to develop and deliver leading-edge anti-doping programs.
Some of our major projects have included:
Looking forward, 2011 promises exciting changes and opportunities in the anti-doping world as we continue to seek a level playing field in Australian and international sport.
The first thing coming up which you need to be aware of is the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) new Prohibited List, which comes into effect on 1 January 2011. See this edition for further important information on the Prohibited List.
We will also be busy in 2011 with a range of major projects including:
I look forward to working with the sporting community and the new Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon Mark Arbib in the upcoming year to maintain Australia’s reputation as an international leader in the campaign against doping in sport.
Before I go, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.
Bye for now
Aurora Andruska PSM
Chief Executive Officer
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Don’t forget that WADA’s new 2011 Prohibited List comes into effect on 1 January 2011.
The Prohibited List is reviewed and updated each year, so it’s extremely important that you are aware of the changes and how they might affect you.
Some of the major changes to the Prohibited List for 2011 are:
You can check the status of a substance or any Australian medication at any time by referring to the Check Your Substances tool on the ASADA website. Check Your Substances will be updated to reflect the 2011 changes on 22 December 2010.
One of the most important activities we undertook this year was issuing a major public announcement in October warning Australian athletes to carefully consider their use of supplements following nine positive Australian test results for the prohibited stimulant methylhexaneamine.
We felt we had an obligation to issue this strong warning given that these nine positive tests occurred over a very short period of time. To place this figure in context, over the entire 2009–10 financial year, there were only 19 positive tests recorded, and this was for a range of substances.
A number of the Australian athletes who tested positive to methylhexaneamine are still having their matter reviewed. We strongly believe that each athlete deserves the right for us to deal with their matter in a fair and impartial way and this extends to having their matter kept private while being reviewed. We have issued some anti-doping rule violation announcements surrounding methylhexaneamine this month.
It is encouraging to see that our warning has been mimicked by other major anti-doping organisations including UK Anti-Doping, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and Drug Free Sport New Zealand as well as sporting bodies such as UEFA.
The seriousness of the issue was also highlighted with the recent case involving two South African Springboks rugby players suspected of having ingested this substance inadvertently through the use of supplements.
Athletes need to be aware of WADA’s strict liability principle, which states that they are responsible for any substance found in their body and there is a risk that supplements could contain prohibited substances even if the ingredients listed on the label do not appear on the Prohibited List.
For further detailed information about methylhexaneamine and supplements please check out our website.
Thank you to all athletes, sports and support personnel who participated in ASADA’s 2010 stakeholder research!
Your feedback directly helps ASADA improve our services to you. Read our next article about Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to see how we’re using your feedback.
The survey will be conducted again next year in May. We’d really like to hear from more of you, so please take the opportunity to anonymously give us feedback about the services we offer.
Thank you again to all who participated.
Each year ASADA runs a survey with athletes, support personnel and sporting organisations and uses the feedback to consider better ways to deliver our services. A key recurring theme we’ve noticed is that people want to access their anti-doping information online.
In 2009 we successfully revamped our website and introduced the Check Your Substances tool. In 2010 we have continued our work in this area by venturing into the social media space with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We use these pages to communicate important anti-doping information and resources to the sporting community.
Anyone can sign up to keep up-to-date with the world of anti-doping. You can also provide views, comments, ideas and insights by:
We’ve already started to look at other ways we can enhance our online presence, including the creation of mobile versions of our website, the Check Your Substances tool and the Athlete Whereabouts sites.
So stay in touch for the latest happenings at ASADA.
Some people have asked us why some substances are on the WADA Prohibited List.
For a substance or method to be prohibited, it must meet two of the following three conditions:
The Prohibited List is an International Standard and is updated annually by WADA following a consultation process that takes into account views from WADA's List Expert Group and stakeholders.