1.7 Anti-Doping Policy »

Anti Doping Policy

Approved: January, 2009

Preamble

1.       The practice and pursuit of drug-free sport are matters of public interest.  More particularly, they reflect the common interest and consensus of athletes, coaches, sport governing bodies and governments in Canada. Cross Country BC (CCBC) has at all times taken a strong and vocal stand against the use of banned substances and practices in sport, with a view to creating a playing field that is both fair and healthy for all competitors. This attitude is incorporated in the Vision of the Association, in that CCBC is committed to: “demonstrating and advocating ethical conduct in all our undertakings.”

2.       Reacting to the increasing incidence of doping violations in sport that has been evident in recent years, the international community has established new standards for addressing the problem. These standards take the form of the World Anti-Doping Code, a document developed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in consultation with national anti-doping agencies and finally approved at the World Conference for Doping in Sport, held in Copenhagen in March 2003.  In November 2007, the Code underwent a thorough review and consultation with WADA stakeholders for its practical improvement and a new Code was approved to come into effect on January 1, 2009.  The World Anti-Doping Code can be found at: http://www.wada-ama.org/rtecontent/document/code_v2009_En.pdf

3.       As the responsible agency in Canada, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) led the consultation process within Canada during the development of the Code and is now responsible for its implementation.  To implement the new international standards, the CCES has developed, in consultation with the Canadian sport community, a new Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP).  TheCADP is governed by the new Canadian Policy Against Doping in Sport (CPADS), adopted in April 2004 by ministers representing the Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments and revised effective January 1, 2009.

4.       The CADP 2009 is the action document that sets out the mandatory international standards contained in the Code.  Detailed information about the CADP can be found on the CCES website atwww.cces.ca/CADP2009. It includes the new 2009 Canadian Anti-Doping program, the CADP 2009 Approval Process and Adoption Record.

5.       As of January 1, 2009, national sport organizations and other stakeholders in the Canadian sport community must have adopted the CADP Revision 2009 in order to be eligible for Sport Canada funding.

Aim

6.       The aim of this document is to describe CCBC’s policy on doping in sport.

General Policy

7.       CCBC adopts the CADP Revision 2009 Version 1.0 and will be governed by all provisions of thisProgram in all relevant mattersThis adoption automatically includes any subsequent versions of this document which follow from version 1.0.

Implementation Provisions

8.       Having adopted the CADP Revision 2009, CCBC’s primary responsibility is to ensure that coaches, administrators and event officials are familiar with the content of the Program, and that athletes who are subject to the provisions of the CADP are informed of their obligations and encouraged to comply.  The onus is on each athlete to understand the content and implications of the CADP Revision 2009 and to fulfill their obligations within it.

9.       Essential information regarding the CADP Revision 2009, together with information on where theCADP may be found, will be incorporated in the following documents as appropriate to the nature of the document:

                   a.      the BC Ski Team Athlete Agreement; and

                  b.      the BC Ski Team Athlete Handbook.

10.   The inclusion of relevant information related to the CADP Revision 2009 will also be mandatory in Athlete Agreements and Athlete Handbooks for the Callaghan Valley Training Centre.