ANSSACC DRUG POLICY - Version 2018

The Organising Committee of the Australian Sikh Games condemns the use of illicit and banned substances for the purposes of performance enhancement. These substances are not only dangerous to the well-being of the concerned person, the act of consuming such substances is also unfair on other competitors and is contrary to the ethics of sport and incompatible with the Sikh philosophy. Any individual who is caught taking or handling such substances risks a LIFE time ban from participating in the Australian Sikh Games. Such individuals and any such events will be reported to the ANSSACC Executive Committee for further disciplinary action against the athlete and their club, as well as to the relevant police and sports anti-doping authorities.

The terms of entry to the Australian Sikh Games requires all clubs and their players to agree to the rules of the Australian Sikh Games including the ANSSACC Drug Policy. Disciplinary action such as bans or fines may apply to any club officials or players who do not cooperate with the policy. Participating clubs and players must be aware of the following protocols regarding the ANSSACC Drug Policy.

1. Overview

1.1 As with any other sports organisation and event, ANSSACC aims to run a drug free event during the Australian Sikh Games.

1.2 Team officials, managers, referees, ANSSACC Executive Committee, Local Organising Committee, commentators and players are covered by this policy and can be subjected to random or targeted drug testing.

1.3 It is the responsibility of ANSSACC member clubs to educate their players on the ANSSACC Drug Policy and ensure that their players cooperate with the personnel conducting the drug tests during the event. Any player who refuses to be tested or attempts to evade being tested will be automatically suspended from playing and participating in the tournament.

1.4 ANSSACC, in conjunction with the Local Organising Committee will nominate a Drug Testing Co-ordinator(s) to run the drug testing program during the Australian Sikh Games. The Drug Testing Coordinator is responsible for running a transparent, fair and documented drug testing program.

1.5 ANSSACC will maintain a list of prohibited drugs on the ANSSACC website. ANSSACC reserves the right to add to the list with 24 hours’ notice.

1.6 Anyone found to be in possession of illicit or other illegal drugs will be reported to the police immediately.

1.7 ANSSACC will use an independent accredited drug testing company to perform collection, testing and analysis in accordance to Australian Standards 4308:2008 – Specimen Collection, Storage, Handling and Dispatch.

1.8 A united front from ANSSACC, the Local Organising Committee and club management is required to provide a drug free Australian Sikh Games. It is vitally important that all clubs place a positive aspect and image on drug and alcohol testing.

2. Prohibited drugs

2.1. Tests will be conducted for:

  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC);
  • Cocaine;
  • Methamphetamines;
  • Amphetamines;
  • Opioids;
  • Benzos (Valium type of drugs);
  • K2 (synthetic cannabis);
  • The legal limit for alcohol is 0.05. Any persons found to be above this limit, will be immediately expelled and ejected from the venue; and
  • Additional drugs may be added prior to the Australian Sikh Games with 24-hour notice given by the Organising committee or ANSSACC.

3. Testing Procedures

3.1 Testing will be conducted by an independent accredited drug testing company in accordance to Australian Standards 4308:2008 – Specimen Collection, Storage, Handling and Dispatch.

3.2. Urine, saliva or breath tests can be taken. If the need arises blood samples may also be taken. The testing company will select the most appropriate form of testing as necessary.

  • Urine tests take approximately three minutes (provided the player can produce a sample) to produce a result.
  • Saliva tests take approximately ten minutes to produce a result.
  • If the test needs to be sent to the laboratory, the procedure can take approximately three -7 working days to produce a result.
  • In cases of serious or high dosage of banned substances being detected, blood samples will be taken and sent to the laboratory and the player’s club shall bear the cost of all tests undertaken.

3.3. Paper work will be filled out as each individual takes their test by the independent testing company. The individual will be required to provide ID and sign the testing sheet. The player will receive a copy of the test results.

4. Sports Selection Procedure

4.1 ANSSACC, the Local Organising Committee and the Drug Testing Coordinator will together determine:

  • The total number of tests to be conducted during the Australian Sikh Games – this will be dependent upon budget, testing capability and level of identified risk; and
  • The sports to be tested, with emphasis placed on sports that are deemed to be at risk of banned substance usage.

As a general guide testing should cover a minimum of 3 different sports and cover multiple clubs. The results of the sports selected for testing will be given to the drug testing coordinator who will be responsible for conducting testing in accordance with the selections.

5 Random Selection Procedure

5.1 Match/Team Selection

  • The Drug Testing Coordinator will provide the independent drug testing company with the schedule for the sports selected for random testing at the beginning of each day.
  • The independent drug testing company will select teams from the schedules provided.
  • The Drug Testing Coordinator will notify the team management if their team is selected.
  • Due the high-risk nature of Kabaddi it will be mandatory to test players from both of the competing finalist teams.

5.2 Individual Selection

  • The Drug Testing Coordinator will notify the team manager and together they will provide the independent drug testing company with the team sheets.
  • The independent drug testing company will select one individual from the team sheet.
  • The team manager is required to get the selected individual to present for drug testing within 15 minutes of being notified.
  • The individual selected must provide photo ID and must sign the drug testing sheet along with the team manager and drug testing coordinator.
  • An individual may be selected for multiple tests during the tournament.

5.3 Third Party Notifications

5.3.1 If a player under the age of 18 is selected for testing, a guardian or coach of that player will be notified of the player’s selection.

5.3.2 In the case of a player with an intellectual disability being selected for testing, a guardian or coach of that player will be notified of the player’s selection.

5.3.3 If a third party attempts to hinder the notification process or testing process, this may be considered a violation of the ANSSACC Drug Policy, and may result in a sanction for the third party at the discretion of ANSSACC.

5.4 Targeted Testing (Objections)

5.4.1 Testing of a player/individual may be initiated by other teams if they deem to be satisfied that an individual is in breach of the drug policy rules.

5.4.2 Objecting teams must deposit a $200 testing fee per test and lodge an objection form.

5.4.3 If a player tests positive to a banned substance, the $200 testing fee will be refunded to the Objector and disciplinary action will be taken against the player.

5.4.4 Objectors will bear the cost of the test if found negative.

5.5.5 Objections cannot be filed during the match.

5.5.6 Objections can be filed up to 20 minutes prior to the commencement of the match that the player is participating in, or five minutes after the match.

5.5.6 ANSSACC reserves the right to not conduct Objections or targeted testing if ANSSACC deems the objection to be of nuisance nature, disruptive to the tournament, or if the independent testing company is unable to conduct the test due to time constraints.

6 Penalties & Fines

6.1 Testing Costs

  • If a player/individual is chosen at random by the Local Organising Committee, ANSSACC or a jointly appointed official, the cost of the test will be paid by the Local Organising Committee.
  • If a player/individual is tested via an objection the cost of test will be paid by the person lodging the objection.
  • If the test result is positive, the player’s club will pay $200 per test.

6.2 Refusal to take test

  • The player or club cannot refuse the test. Only five minutes will be given to the player to comply to taking the test. Failing this compliance, a $500 fine will apply. The player will be banned for a period of 15 months (effective immediately) which means the player will miss the next Australian Sikh Games.

6.3 Positive Drug Test Result

6.3.1 If the test result is positive the following penalties will apply:

  • The player’s club will pay $200 per test;
  • The club will be fined $500 for every positive test and lose demerit points as per ANSSACC’s disciplinary policy;
  • The player will be banned for 15 months (effective immediately) which means the player will miss the next Australian Sikh Games; and
  • In cases of serious breaches of the ANSSACC Drug Policy (as determined by ANSSACC), the player may receive a life time ban.

6.3.2 If more than three players of the same club test positive to banned substances during the tournament, the following will apply:

  • The respective club will be put on notice and it will be compulsory to immediately test all of the players participating from the respective club and the club will be liable to pay the cost for all of the tests conducted on their players;
  • The club will be face a 15 month ban for the sport that the team is participating in; and
  • The club will be fined $2,000 and lose demerit points as per ANSSACC’s disciplinary policy.

6.3.3 Impact on result of match/tournament

  • In an individual sport the result of the match will be overturned and the match will be awarded to the opposing player.
  • In a team sport the team will be:
    o If only 1 player is found to have tested positive the results will stand as there were, except in Kabaddi where a 5-point deduction will have imposed on the team.
    o If more than 1 player tests positive then the team will be disqualified and opposition will be awarded the win.

7 Disclosure of Drug Testing Results to Public and Media

7.1 The names of the players and associated clubs found positive will be disclosed as follows:

  • The results of the drug testing program will be displayed on the ANSSACC Website;
  • A statement will be issued to all clubs and selected media; and
  • ANSSACC will release this information within 90 days after the Australian Sikh Games.

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