Introduction to Anti-Doping

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 health and other Athletes competing in sports. Doping severely damages the integrity, image, and value of sport, whether or not the motivation to use drugs is to improve performance.

The ICSD is a part of a collaborative worldwide movement for doping-free sport led by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). This movement aims to protect fair competition and the Athletes’ health through anti-doping programs.

To achieve integrity and fairness in sport, a commitment to a clean field of play is critical. The ICSD seeks to maintain the integrity of deaf sport by running a comprehensive anti-doping program that focuses equally on education, prevention and testing, with consequent sanctioning of those who break the rules. Getting educated on anti-doping is an essential duty for Athletes and their entourage because ignorance can lead to substance misuse and Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV).

Principles and Values Associated with Clean Deaf Sport

The intrinsic value of sport, often called “the spirit of sport” is the ethical pursuit of human excellence through the dedicated perfection of each Athlete’s natural talents. Clean deaf sport is an environment where the health of Athletes is protected and where they are provided with the opportunity to pursue human excellence without the use of prohibited substances and prohibited methods.

In doing so, clean sport protects the spirit of sport, which is the celebration of the human spirit, body, and mind and is reflected in the values we find in and through sport, including:

  • Health
  • Ethics, fair play, and honesty
  • Athletes’ rights
  • Excellence in performance
  • Character and Education
  • Fun and joy
  • Teamwork
  • Dedication and commitment
  • Respect for rules and laws
  • Respect for self and other participants
  • Courage
  • Community and solidarity

The spirit of sport is expressed in how we play true. The ICSD embodies these values - we believe in a clean and fair field of play, and doping stands in contradiction to what deaf sport represents.

Importance of Anti-Doping

Anti-doping rules exist for defining different aspects of the deaf sport in order to maintain excitement and to ensure fairness on the field play. All rules and the fact that they are monitored and reinforced are designed to prevent any participant from taking an unfair advantage over another. The use of doping substances or methods to enhance performance is not only wrong but is also harmful to Athletes’ mental and physical health.

Who is Subject to the Anti-Doping Rules?

Four ADRVs out of eleven apply to Athletes since they refer to the obligation not to take banned substances and the obligation to submit to testing. However, the remaining seven types of ADRVs apply to both the Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel, such as coaches and team doctors, or anyone working with the Athlete. National and International Federation administrators, officials, and sample collection staff may also be liable for their conduct under the WADA Code.