Doping

Introduction
Following the ambition to be among the top ten countries in the world, an effective and efficient anti-doping policy is logical. Aimed at preventing use, supply and trafficking of doping substances. NOC*NSF is committed to a doping free sport for three reasons:

  • 1. Honest sports (respect, no competition forgery)
  • 2. Integrity of the game (rules are unconditionally observed)
  • 3. Health athlete (prevention of health risks)

The aim is to maintain confidence in the sport in the Netherlands.

Following a National Anti-Doping Conference in April 2015 animation video below was made about a drug-free sport culture.  

Regulatory
The international anti-doping policy is defined and adopted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Sport and governments have policies and regulations in the area of doping established in the World Anti-Doping Code (Code WAD). In the WAD Code includes inter alia what is the definition of doping, the sanction (s) are used, but also the obligations with regard to education and information.

In the Netherlands, Dutch Olympic Committee, sports federations, the central government (Ministry of Health), and the Doping Authority a joint responsibility for the anti-doping policy. In 2003, NOC * NSF 'the acceptance of the World Anti-Doping Code form "was signed by which the Dutch sport has undertaken to comply with the Code. WAD Code which took effect on January 1, 2015, can be found here. NOC * NSF then in its admission criteria that included sports of recognized sport disciplines are required to have a doping policy and doping regulations complying with the applicable provisions of the Code.

The Code has been translated by the Doping Authority the Netherlands to the National Doping Regulations, which must be adopted by all top sports federations. This means that all athletes, members of a sports association, directly linked to the doping regulations and disciplinary regulations related thereto.

Prevention & Education
In addition to performing the National Control Program, consisting of about 1700 doping controls annually, the anti-doping program in the Netherlands also comprises a prevention side. Information for athletes and coaches is an important means of prevention, which is aimed at raising awareness and behavior change. Sports federations are responsible for the proper education of their athletes and coaches. The Doping Authority shall organize information meetings for this purpose and has developed educational materials and tools for different audiences.

One of those tools is the Dopingwaaier App. With this free app you can instantly check all medicines registered in the Netherlands in the presence of doping, but you can also check dietary supplements. Dopingwaaier App / mobile website brings together all the information on anti-doping in one convenient app.

Continuous Curriculum Doping Free Sport
The continuous learning doping-free sport is an important prevention tool. Apart from hard instance also train good nutrition and mental skills essential to reach the top. In addition, knowledge of the doping rules is an important aspect. Top athletes should well know this fact, in order to avoid unintentional doping violation and long suspensions. NOC*NSF has established a number of continuing learning to "athletes in the cap" to prepare for approximately eight years in the world. One of these learning was developed in cooperation with the Doping Authority, the Continuous Curriculum Doping Free Sport (DLDS). The DLDS describes each age and developmental stage the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for a doping-free sport. WADA, in December 2015 at the Dutch Radboud University gave a grant to do research on the effect of doping education (through continuous learning doping-free sport) talents.

Whereabouts App
The end of 2011 launched the Dutch Doping Authority, CGI, InnoSportNL and NOC * NSF after an intensive period of testing the Whereabouts App. In 2014 this app won the prestigious Computable Award for the 'Best ICT project of the year in the public sector’. The Whereabouts App is a successful example of sports innovation, made possible by a unique partnership between the Dutch business and sports. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), this innovative app whereabouts Last year worldwide in use as an international standard.

NZVT: The Netherlands Security System Nutritional Supplements Elite Sports
Nutritional supplements are often blamed for being the source of an Adverse Analytical Finding in doping control. Indeed, several studies have shown that contaminations may occur, even in products where one would not reasonably expect this (Geyer et al., 2004; De Hon & Coumans, 2006). As a result, many sport organisations, such as the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency, have advised to use extreme caution regarding supplement use. In the Netherlands, the issue of contaminated supplements was proven by a study performed in 2001 (Schilt et al., 2002). It was the impetus of a joined effort by several partners to give Dutch athletes the possibility to use nutritional supplements if these are deemed appropriate, giving the athletes maximised security to use a supplement that does not contain doping products. The project is called "The Netherlands Security System Nutritional Supplements Elite Sports", or (after its Dutch acronym) "NZVT".

The NZVT has been set up to give athletes as much certainty as possible that the supplements they wish to take do not contain non-labeled doping substances. The NZVT is a a joined effort by the Netherlands Olympic Committee * Netherlands Sports Confederation (NOC*NSF), the trade organisation for supplements producers and providers in the Netherlands (NPN), and Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands (Dopingautoriteit), in close cooperation with the NOC*NSF Athletes Commission, the Institute of Food Safety of Wageningen University and Research Centre (RIKILT), and the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Sports (VWS).

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More information

For more information, please visit the following websites:

http://www.dopingautoriteit.nl/english  
http://www.doping.nl (anti-doping knowledge center)