Anti-Doping information

Anti-Doping information

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

Climbing New Zealand is in partnership with 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

Drug Free Sport New Zealand undertake drug testing of a small number of competing athletes.  

The Sports Anti-Doping Rules apply to everyone who participates in sports climbing.  All athletes need to know their role in keeping sport clean. 

Athletes looking to compete in upcoming National events need to ensure they know the rules and responsibilities to maintain a clean sport.  

Drug Free Sport New Zealand’s Level 1 e-learning course tells you everything you need to know in under 45-minutes. Find out about your rights, your responsibilities, the mana of a clean athlete and learn about the testing process. Get started now at

The Prohibited List

The Prohibited List 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:

  • It has the potential to enhance sporting performance
  • It presents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete
  • It violates the spirit of sport

DFSNZ promotes the updated Prohibited List to New Zealand national sports organisations and athletes each year.

The anti-doping rules

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

In summary, the eleven 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
  • Associating with someone in a sporting capacity who has been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation or equivalent
  • Discouraging or retaliating against someone for, reporting doping or suspected doping.


Even common medications can 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.

To check whether a medication is permitted in sport, or to check out DFSNZ’s Wallet Guide, go to

Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)

Athletes can apply for a TUE if they need to take medication which is prohibited in sport. If athletes compete at a top level, they may need to apply for a TUE before they take medication which contains a prohibited substance.

Find out more about TUEs


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.

Athletes should carefully assess their need for supplements and carefully research the supplements they choose to take. DFSNZ’s Supplement Decision Making Guide can help.

Read more about supplements

The Athlete Whereabouts programme

The Athlete Whereabouts Programme is about protecting every athlete’s right to clean sport through out-of-competition testing that can take place without notice at any time. No-notice testing is a powerful way of deterring and detecting doping in sport.

Read about or update your Whereabouts


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 DFSNZ official.

I need help!

Please visit the DFSNZ website

Your point of contact for anti-doping matters is:
Richard Waldin
0274 972677