IAF is WADA Anti-doping Code Compliant
WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, has informed us that IAF is now approved as compliant with the WADA anti-doping code, which stipulates certain activities and procedures as part of the world-wide work against doping in sports.
The IAF anti-doping commitment started with the unanimous decisions of the 2008 IAF General Assembly to approve the Directing Committee proposals for an IAF Anti-doping policy and the IAF Anti-doping Regulations. Since then, the DC has worked closely with WADA representatives and anti-doping experts of SportAccord to establish routines and activities for the anti-doping work within Aikido.
The work against doping is an important one, in which the whole world-community of sports participates, through their international as well as national federations. The situation for Aikido, lacking any kind of competition, is different from the case in almost all sports, but the IAF and its member federations are committed to join in the anti-doping work.
Doping is an unethical as well as health hazardous method to improve in sports achievements, not only competition, especially if young athletes are manipulated into its use. Therefore, the sports community, including the martial arts, must be joined to firmly act against its spread.
For Aikido seminars, public demonstrations and Dan examinations, the WADA rules on TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption) may apply. Please consult the national anti-doping organization of the event in question, for specifics about these rules.
For IAF events, if the national anti-doping organization doesn't clarify your situation, please contact the IAF. Due to the absolute lack of competitions in Aikido, Aikido events are excempted for Out-Of-Competition-Testing.
IAF Anti-doping Rules & Policy
Here you find the IAF Anti-Doping Policy and Rules, which were adapted by the 2008 General Assembly.
The rules and policy are based on WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) rules and policies.
The documents are in PDF format.