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 www.eirpharm.com which is also available on App stores for Apple and Android, 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. 

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2021 List of Prohibitive Substances can be download HERE. The 2021 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes can be download HERE.

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