Anti Doping

Anti Doping


Basketball Ireland - Clean Sport Commitment Statement

Basketball Ireland has adopted the Sport Ireland and World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) position that cheating, including doping, in sport is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport, undermining the otherwise positive impact of sport on society.

To this end, Basketball Ireland commits to support Clean Sport in Ireland. Download the Clean Sport Commitment Statement below

Basketball Ireland Clean Sport Commitment Statement.pdf

Sport Ireland Supplement Use in Sport - Guidelines

With the increase in use of supplements in society, it is important that athletes assess the need and are aware of the risks associated with taking supplements. This is a largely unregulated market and contamination of products is a big factor in positive tests. 

Below a Supplement Guidelines infographic 

Download full document on Supplement Guidelines below. 

NGB Supplement Guidelines 2018 .pdf

Link to Sport Ireland Supplement Guidelines Website

Education - Sport Ireland E-Learning Tool

Sport Ireland Launched their new E-Learning Tool in April 2017. This course is designed for all athletes and athlete personnel.

The course covers key topics in Anti Doping including:
Anti Doping Rule Violations
Testing Procedures Blood & Urine
How to check your medications
Therapeutic Use Exemptions
The risk of supplements and herbal remedies
Consequences of Doping

Have you ever wondered what happens during a test?  

See video below for a brief illustration

Updated Jan 2018

The WADA 2018 prohibited list is now available.  The list will came into effect on the 1st of January 2018. There are some slight changes to note and all players must consistently check their medications whether prescribed or purchased over the counter. 

Click below link to a short advisory note, to download the WADA prohibited list and a summary of modifications. 


Changes to note for 2018-Final.pdf

The Irish Sports Council have recently launched a "Report Doping” form on their website to help us fight against doping in sport. Anyone reporting via this encrypted form can do so anonymously if they prefer. Obviously the more detail a person provides, the better. The form can be found at or by clicking on the image above. 

 [Downloadable guideline documents for clubs can be found at the bottom of this post]

Basketball Ireland’s policy is that doping is contrary to the spirit of sport and every member has a duty to ensure that the sport is free of doping.
All club personnel have a responsibility to ensure that club members are aware of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules and that there is an atmosphere supporting a drug free sport within the club. A complete copy of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules is available below.
This page provides up-to-date information from World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Irish Sports Council, FIBA and Basketball Ireland rules and regulations in the area of doping.

The consequences of not adhering to Anti-Doping rules can be severe for athletes and their support personnel such as coaches and parents; therefore it is critical that any questions/concerns be clarified with either the Anti- Doping Officer in Basketball Ireland or the Irish Sports Council.
Basketball Ireland is fully committed to ensuring doping has no place in the sport of basketball. Basketball Ireland works with the Irish Sports Council and FIBA in its anti-doping efforts.
Rules apply to athletes and athlete support personnel. The Irish Anti-doping Programme seeks to preserve the spirit of sport. By virtue of their participation in Basketball Ireland activities, members, including minors, agree to abide by the Anti-Doping Rules.
The following sections highlight key areas with regard to Anti-Doping. Basketball Ireland advises all members to read and understand the anti-doping rules and to understand your responsibilities under the rules. The consequences of not adhering to Anti-Doping rules can be severe for athletes and their support personnel such as coaches and parents; therefore it is critical that any questions/concerns be clarified with either the Basketball Ireland Anti-Doping Officer or the Irish Sports Council.

Irish Anti-Doping Rules 2015
Under the Irish Anti-Doping Rules, the Irish Sports Council carries out drug testing on behalf of Basketball Ireland. Full details on the Irish Anti-Doping Programme are available at:
International Federation Rules
Basketball Ireland must also adhere to the rules of our International Federation, FIBA. Full details on the International Federation Anti-Doping Programme are available at:  

Athletes/Squad members attending International Events need to check in particular the regulations regarding TUE requirements of the International Federation in relation to competing at International Events, e.g. if an Irish Sports Council TUE Certificate of Approval is accepted or if an athlete needs to re-apply to the International Federation etc. Athletes should verify the rules and regulations with their medical officer/ team manager or Basketball Ireland Anti-Doping Officer Louise O’Loughlin,

Need to know

What do members need to know?
In principle any athlete competing in basketball can be tested so each athlete regardless of the level at which they are competing needs to be aware of the anti-doping rules.

(1) WADA Prohibited List – Checking Medications & TUE Policy
The World Anti-Doping Agency issues a Prohibited List annually. For information on the Prohibited List see 

Note: Recreational Drugs are tested in-competition.

Check the status of over-the-counter and prescribed medications in relation to the Prohibited List, based on where you purchase the medication:
Republic of Ireland:

Drugs in Sport Database on

For instant access to the Drugs in Sport Database, download the free 'Medication Checker' App available for iPhone and Android for Eirpharm - find it in the Apple iTunes Store or the Android Market

Medications bought in the Republic of Ireland can be checked by your G.P., Consultant or Pharmacist in a monthly publication called MIMS Ireland. Ensure the current month’s edition is checked.
Northern Ireland/ UK/ Canada/ USA:

Medications bought in Northern Ireland, U.K., U.S.A and Canada can be checked on

See   for further information.
If a medication is prohibited, you must check and adhere to the Irish Sports Council TUE Policy at As per this policy, if you compete at international level, it is your responsibility to check the FIBA TUE Policy at

 Download PDF Irish Sports Council TUE Policy

2) Sample Collection Procedures
For information on the Sample Collection Procedures that are adhered to when athletes are tested, the following resources are available:
• Check out
• Read the leaflet ‘Sample Collection Procedures – Urine and Blood’, available on request from
Check out the e-learning programme Real Winner 

Athletes need to be aware that there are risks associated with the use of sports supplements with many positive drug tests associated with their use. For more information, read the Irish Sports Council Supplements and Sports Food Policy at 

Useful fact sheets in relation to supplements are available on the Institute of Sport website at: 

(4) Registered Testing Pool
Athletes are informed directly by the Irish Sports Council when they are included on the Registered Testing Pool. Athletes on the RTP can be tested anywhere, anytime with no advance notice. Athletes must comply with the RTP requirements such as TUE and Whereabouts requirements. See Registered Testing Pool Information here.

(5) National Testing Pool
The National Testing Pool (NTP) consists of athletes who are in National Squads and Development Squads, who attend training organised by Basketball Ireland. Athletes in the NTP can be drug tested both in- and out-of-competition. Out-of-competition testing will mainly be based on squad/team training sessions but the Irish Sports Council may test an athlete at their home address. Both urine and blood samples can be requested. 

Further Information
Check out  for further information on these topics or to order education resources for you and your club

Basketball Ireland Anti-Doping Officer
For any queries regarding anti-doping in Basketball Ireland please contact the Anti-Doping Officer.
Name: Louise O’Loughlin
Tel: 01 4590211

The Irish Sports Council Anti-Doping Unit can be contacted at:
Anti-Doping Unit
Irish Sports Council
Top Floor, Block A
Westend Office Park,
Dublin 15.
Tel: 00353 1 8608800

 Download PDF Irish Sports Council TUE Policy

Download PDF on Club Information with regards to anti-doping

Download PDF on Basketball Ireland and Anti Doping

Download FIBA Europe Anti-Doping Regulations (issued 2010)

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