Did you know tha the History of Anti-Doping can be traced back to Ancient Greek when athletes were known to have used special diets and stimulating potions to fortify themselves. Read a History of Anti-Doping on the WADA website.
Anti-Doping in Ireland
The Irish Sports Council has three key objectives:
- To break down barriers to participation in sport, not only the number of people but their continued participation throughout their lives.
- To create an environment so that individuals can develop their sporting abilities.
- To help our leading sportsmen and women achieve world-class performance by fair and ethical means.
With particular attention to the third objective, the Council has a dedicated Anti-Doping Unit, which serves as Ireland's National Anti-Doping Organisation. The remit of the Unit is based on the Irish Sports Council Act 1999 (Section 6(1)d), which states that the Council is "to take what action it considers appropriate, including testing, to combat doping in sport".
Since 2004, the Council has implemented the National Anti-Doping Programme in a harmonised approach across all sports under the Irish Anti-Doping Rules. These Rules are the basis of the Programme and ensure compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and the Council of Europe Anti-Doping Convention. Since 2008, Ireland is also a party to the UNESCO Anti-Doping Convention. All National Governing Bodies (NGBs) in receipt of public funding in Ireland are bound by these Rules. In line with the revision of the World Anti-Doping Code, the Irish Anti-Doping Rules were revised and launched on 22 November 2008 as the Irish Anti-Doping Rules 2009, and became active on 01 January 2009.