Table Tennis Ireland supports “Drug Free Sport”

It is our opinion that doping is contrary to the spirit of sport and every member has a duty to ensure that the sport is free of doping. It is important that members are aware that we view doping as unethical and unacceptable and will never be a tolerated behaviour.

Membership of Table Tennis Ireland means that all athletes may be selected for testing. Your membership commits you to agreeing to testing and in the case of a minor (Under 18yrs of age), the prior written consent of the parent or guardian is required via the initial membership process at Club level, or at selection for competition or through competition entry forms. A Minor may not participate in sport unless a parent or guardian of that Minor has consented to the Testing of the Minor.

All club personnel have a responsibility to ensure that club members are aware of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules and that there is an atmosphere supporting a drug free sport within the club. Further details on the Irish Anti-Doping Rules are available at https://www.sportireland.ie/anti-doping-rules

All the information athletes require to compete clean is available at https://www.sportireland.ie/anti-doping/athlete-zone/athlete-zone. It is important that all athletes understand their requirements within the anti-doping programme. Please ensure that as an athlete you check all over the counter and prescription medication bought in the Republic of Ireland on Medcheck Sport Ireland, in Northern Ireland/ UK check on www.globaldro.com.  If you are unable to find a medication on the relevant databases, please do not take the medication and contact Sport Ireland on [email protected] Although, there are exemptions to the prohibited list but these exemptions need to be approved by WADA after review of the athlete. Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) permits an athlete to use a prohibited substance or method if the substance or method is medically required. Athletes can only get a TUE if there is no unfair advantage from taking the substance or using the method. 

Sport Ireland have launched an Anti-Doping educational zone, which will be of use to all players, parents and coaches to familiarize the themselves with the testing procedures and what happens during a test. More informational available here: https://www.sportireland.ie/anti-doping/education-zone/education-zone

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2023 List of Prohibitive Substances can be downloaded HERE

WADA has brought in The 2023 Monitoring Programme regarding substances which are not on the Prohibited List,  but are being monitored in order to detect potential patterns of misuse in sport. Check this list HERE

The 2023 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes can be downloaded HERE.

ITTF Anti-Doping information available here: https://www.ittf.com/anti-doping/

Further information can be found on the Sport Ireland Anti-Doping information wallet, which can be downloaded HERE 

If you have any queries, on the above, please contact our Anti-Doping Officer Shauna Fox on [email protected] & [email protected]