Anti-Doping

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) is committed to the fight against doping in sport and has been at the forefront of protecting the integrity of sport for many years. 

The AOC has made important developments in recent times to strengthen its stance on anti-doping. In response to the decision of the United States Anti-Doping Agency in the Lance Armstrong case issued in August 2012, his admission to systematic doping in January 2013, and the fall-out felt here in cycling in Australia, in February 2013 the AOC Executive amended our Ethical Behaviour By-Law to require a range of relevant persons, excluding minors, to make a statutory declaration regarding anti-doping matters. Any person who does not make the statutory declaration or who, in the AOC’s opinion, falsely makes the statutory declaration, will be ineligible for membership of our Teams or to receive funding from or to hold any position within the AOC.

In addition, any person who wilfully and corruptly makes a declaration knowing it to be untrue in any material particular, will be guilty of a criminal offence (Section 25 Oaths Act 1900 (NSW)). If the offence is dealt with summarily, the penalty is up to 2 years imprisonment, or a fine of $5,100, or both. If the offence is dealt with on indictment, the penalty is up to 5 years imprisonment.

In May 2013 the AOC Executive approved amendments to our Anti-Doping By-Law and the latest Team Agreements for our Olympic athletes and officials to make it clear that those identified by ASADA must co-operate with and assist ASADA, even if to do so might tend to incriminate them or expose them to a penalty. A failure to co-operate with and assist ASADA, in every way, can result in an athlete or official being ruled out of an Australian Olympic Team. 

Below is the amended Anti-Doping By-Law (3 May 2013), Statutory Declaration documents (February 2013) and other relevant anti-doping documents. 

New WADA Code

The World Anti-Doping Code is the document that brings consistency to anti-doping rules, regulations and policies worldwideOn 1 January 2015 a revised code will take effect. At its meeting on August 7 2014, the AOC Executive approved in principle changes to the AOC Anti-Doping By-Law to make it compliant with the new WADA Code. Both documents are available below.

WADA has developed Model Rules, Guidelines and Protocols to assist signatories such as International Federations, National Olympic Committees and National Anti-Doping Organisations, such as ASADA, implement the new code. View the WADA Model Rules, Guidelines and Protocols here>>> 

Key Reference Documents