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CAMS Anti-doping policy 2015 update


CAMS has strengthened its anti-doping rules to ensure they conform to the 2015 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code, which came into effect on 1 January 2015. CAMS takes the issue of doping in motor sport very seriously and is committed to ensuring the integrity of motor sport is maintained. Implementing the latest WADA and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) regulations into the CAMS Anti-Doping Policy is another step toward this.

The 2015 version of the CAMS Anti-Doping Policy was approved by ASADA on 12 January 2015. Also integrating relevant sections of the updated FIA Anti-Doping Regulations, a number of changes have been made to ensure the policy is more reflective of current doping trends. For instance, there is now more emphasis on the role of a competitor’s ‘support person/s’ in an anti-doping rule violation – this is directly as a result of actual anti-doping cases worldwide where coaches, trainers, team doctors etc. have been at the centre of doping regimes. The term ‘support person’ is somewhat broad, so in motor sport this could be considered an official, a team manager or a personal trainer – therefore it is important that anyone involved in motor sport in any capacity should know their obligations under the CAMS Anti-Doping Policy.

Below is a summary of the most significant changes to the CAMS Anti-Doping Policy:

Two new anti-doping rule violations

‘Complicity’ – Assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, conspiring, covering up or any other type of intentional complicity involving an anti-doping rule violation, Attempted anti-doping rule violation or violation of Article 10.12.1 by another Person.

This violation has been added to deal with the role played by support personnel in deliberate doping situations. For example, if a team manager is aware of steroid use by a competitor, but they lie to or mislead an ASADA investigator during an interview, the team manager could be considered as committing the ‘Complicity’ violation.

‘Prohibited Association’ (refer to the policy for the full description of this violation).

This violation has been added to help prevent competitors or support personnel working with individuals (such as coaches, trainers, doctors etc) who are currently banned by an anti-doping organisation or who have been found guilty (in a criminal, disciplinary or professional proceeding) of providing performance enhancing drugs.

Some examples of the type of prohibited association include obtaining training, strategy, nutrition or medical advice, therapy, treatment or prescriptions. Also, the ‘support person’ may not serve as an agent or representative for the competitor. Obviously, if the ‘association’ is not in a sport-related or professional capacity (for example a husband-wife relationship) then this provision does not apply.

Doping bans doubled:

In cases where there has been intentional doping, the ban is now doubled to four years.

Simplified Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) process

Competitors who compete below a ‘national’ level can now apply for a ‘retroactive’ TUE after, and only if, they are tested by ASADA or another anti-doping organisation. There are some exceptions to the rule, so for further information see the TUE section of the CAMS website or contact the CAMS Integrity Officer at [email protected] or 03 9593 7777.

Statutory limitation period

Action on a possible doping violation must now be commenced within ten years (previously eight) from the date the violation is asserted to have occurred.

Whereabouts changes

For any competitor in a ‘registered testing pool’, the window in which they can accumulate three ‘whereabouts’ transgressions has been reduced from 18 months to 12 months.