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16.08.2007 Alter: 11 Jahre WCF and Anti-Doping (en)
Meldung vom 12th August 2008
Important Message for all players participating in WCF Championships
The World Croquet Federation (WCF) is not currently a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) anti-doping code. This position will be reviewed by WCF member associations at the next WCF Council meeting on 6th February 2008, in Christchurch, New Zealand.
However, WCF does recognise that individual Member Associations may themselves be affiliated to the WADA code via their own National Anti-Doping Agency (NADO). As such, those members may initiate drug testing themselves or, be so required by their own National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO).
In support of those Member Associations, WCF incorporated a requirement for all players playing in WCF events to comply with the WADA code. This can be found in the WCF Sport Regulations – Regulation 25.1
WCF has been advised that the Croquet Association of Ireland (CAI) is affiliated to the Irish Sports Council (ISC) for the purposes of the WADA code and as a consequence there is the possibility that players may be requested to submit to Anti-Doping testing, prior to, during and after, the forthcoming 2nd WCF Women’s World Golf Croquet Championship in September 2007.
It is accepted that many croquet players will not have previously had to undergo drug testing procedures and will be unaware of what may constitute “prohibited substances and methods”, “the testing system”, “therapeutic use exemptions” and penalties for non compliance or failing to provide a sample for testing.
As a quick guide WCF has placed links to useful information relating to these at:
WCF has been advised by the CAI that in relation to the “Discretionary” prohibition of the drugs of Alcohol and Beta Blockers, the following apply:
Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
What is a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)?
What are the criteria for granting a TUE?
Who grants TUEs?
A list of NADO can be found via the WCF web site at:
11th WCF World Association Croquet Championship – New Zealand – 2008
The New Zealand Croquet Council (NZCC) has advised the WCF that it too is affiliated to their NADO, “Drug Free NZ”, for the purposes of the WADA code. Testing may take place at that event too. WCF is awaiting clarification from the NZCC relating to the use of alcohol and Beta Blockers and further guidance will be issued in due course.
Consequences or failure to provide a sample or providing a positive sample at a WCF event.
As WCF is not affiliated to WADA, it has no role to play in any disciplinary processes resulting from failing to provide a sample or providing a positive sample. Through the WCF Sports Regulations and their own disciplinary processes, responsibility for this rests with the host croquet association together with their NADO. In normal circumstances, in accordance with WADA guidelines, if found guilty of such offences, players may expect to be banned from participation in the sport for between two to four years for a first offence and, for life for a second or subsequent offence.