The INF is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code and adopted its own set of Anti-Doping Rules in 2004 which all member countries are required to accept and all players must abide by.
New rules were approved by the INF Board which came into force on January 1 2015 and are compliant with the WADA Code 2015. The purpose of revising the Code is to better protect clean athletes around the world.
In 2017 the INF commissioned 17 anti-doping tests of which 15 tested the athlete’s urine and 2 tested the athlete’s blood. All of these tests took place in competition. The testing found 0 atypical findings, 0 adverse analytical findings and there were 0 anti-doping rules violations. Other anti-doping authorities tested 180 samples and found 0 atypical findings, 0 adverse analytical findings and there were 0 anti-doping rules violations.
In 2016, 202 samples were analysed and the testing found 2 atypical findings, 0 adverse analytical findings and there were 0 anti-doping rules violations:
INF Anti-Doping Rules
Click here to download the INF Anti-Doping Rules.
The INF is unequivocally opposed to the practice of doping in sport and fully supports the position of the International Olympic Committee/World Anti-Doping Agency (IOC/WADA) against the use of banned substances and methods.
This position is motivated by a desire for fair and equal competition and by concern for the health of athletes participating in such competition. The INF Anti-Doping rules shall apply to all participants in competitions over which the INF has jurisdiction, as well as to the athlete support personnel, and provides for sanctions against any player or support person (e.g. coach) found guilty of doping offence. All players are subject to doping controls (urine analyses, blood tests and other authorised techniques for detecting prohibited substances or methods).
For more information on the WADA code please go to www.wada-ama.org.
The ‘Prohibited List’ are the substances and methods prohibited to athletes in- and out-of-competition.
The list for 2017 may be found here: WADA Prohibited List 2017
The list for 2018 may be found here: WADA Prohibited List 2018
With supplementary information about the changes for 2018 here: Summary of Major Modifications to prohibited list 2018
The INF has a Medical Committee who ensure that anti-doping procedures contained within the rules are followed.
The INF undertakes testing at its events and out-of-competition testing on a pool of international players.
Registered Testing Pool (RTP)
The INF Board has agreed that the RTP is the current squad for the top 3 teams in the INF World Rankings. The countries included in the RTP must submit team whereabouts information to their National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) for team training sessions and international matches on a regular basis; because netball is a low risk sport there is no requirement from the INF for an athlete to submit individual whereabouts data.
Therapeutic Use Exemptions
The Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) process is a means by which an athlete can obtain approval to use a prescribed prohibited substance or method for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition.
Athletes should advise all medical personnel of their obligation to abide by the INF
anti-doping rules and that any medical treatment received must not violate these rules.
When prescribed a substance or method, athletes should find out whether the medication is prohibited by checking the WADA website www.wada-ama.org
Athletes may apply to INF for a TUE by downloading and completing this Tue Form
Where the Athlete already has a TUE granted by his or her National Anti-Doping Organization for the substance or method in question, that TUE is automatically recognised by INF for international-level Competition.
During International Tournaments hosted by the INF (during the in-competition period) any injection to any site of an athlete’s body of any substance is prohibited except in certain medical circumstances. Those circumstances are listed in the policy which may be downloaded from the INF Resources.
The INF is committed to educating its members and players about Anti-Doping procedures through outreach activities at its events and the production of education materials.
The Netball World Youth Cup 2017 in Gaborone, Botswana was one event where players and coaches were offered Anti-doping training as part of the ‘Safe Sport’ programme and the Congress Workshops provided training for Members’ administrators.
INF offered anti-doping training sessions for teams at the Netball World Cup in Sydney in August 2015 which was run by ASADA the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.