Doping is contrary to the spirit of ITF Taekwon-Do and sport in general. The spirit of sport is the celebration of the human spirit, body and mind, and is characterised, amongst other values, by ethics, fair play, honesty, health and respect for, and compliance with, the spirit and letter of rules and laws. The Irish Taekwon-Do Association (ITA) Anti-Doping Policy seeks to preserve the spirit of ITF Taekwon-Do.
As the government recognised body responsible for the governance of ITF Taekwon-Do in Ireland, ITA has implemented its Anti-Doping Policy. ITA is supported by the Irish Martial Arts Commission (IMAC) and the Irish Sports Council (ISC) in the implementation and administration of its Anti-Doping policy.
ITA competitive events are subject to ITA/IMAC/ISC Anti Doping Policy rules and competitors may be tested by the Irish Sports Council (ISC) Anti-Doping Unit if requested to do so. Furthermore ITA's elite athletes are members of the ISC Registered Testing Pool together with elite athletes from all other government recognised sports in Ireland.
The World Anti-Doping Programme
In November 1999, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established as a Foundation under the initiative of the International Olympic Committee to promote and coordinate the fight against doping in sport internationally. On the 5th March 2003, at the World Conference on Doping in Sport, WADA adopted the World Anti-Doping Code. The Code is the first document to harmonise regulations regarding anti-doping across all sports and all countries of the world.
Its purposes are:
(i) to protect the Athlete’s fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and thus promote health, fairness and equality for Athletes worldwide
(ii) to ensure harmonised, co-ordinated and effective anti-doping programmes at the international and national level with regard to the detection, deterrence and prevention of doping.
By adopting the World Conference on Doping in Sport Resolution at the World Conference, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, International Federations, Major Event Organisations, National Olympic Committees, and National Anti-Doping Organisations accepted the Code as the basis for the fight against doping in sport throughout the world and undertook to implement the Code before the first day of the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in 2004 in Athens.
This unprecedented global harmonisation shall facilitate the effective fight against doping in sport and will ensure that the spirit of sport is safeguarded for years to come.
The Copenhagen Declaration
In April 2003, the Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism signed the Copenhagen Declaration on Anti-Doping in Sport on behalf of the Irish Government. The purpose of the Copenhagen Declaration is to articulate a political and moral understanding among participants at the WADA World Conference on Doping in Sport to:
(i) recognise the role of, and support, WADA;
(ii) support the Code;
(iii) sustain international intergovernmental co-operation in advancing harmonisation in anti-doping policies and practices in sport
(iv) support a timely process leading to a convention or other obligation on points specified in the Copenhagen Declaration, to be implemented through instruments appropriate to the constitutional and administrative contexts of each government on or before the Turin Winter Olympic Games.
By signing the Copenhagen Declaration, the Irish Government agreed to:
(i) recognise the role of the Code as the foundation in the world-wide fight against doping in sport
(ii) seek to progressively adapt, where appropriate, national anti-doping policies and practices in sport to be in conformity with the provisions of the Code
(iii) to encourage national and international organisations engaged in antidoping in sport to adopt the Code and to be in conformity with the Code, where appropriate
(iv) to take appropriate steps to withhold some or all governmental financial support related to participation in sport from sport organisations, Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel that are not in compliance with the Code or applicable anti-doping rules adopted pursuant to the Code
(v) support the role of WADA to co-ordinate, harmonise and standardise anti-doping efforts according to the Code
The National Anti-Doping Programme
The Irish Sports Council was established under the Irish Sports Council Act, 1999 to perform the functions conferred on it by or under that Act.
Its functions include the following:
(i) encouraging the promotion, development and co-ordination of competitive sport and the achievement of excellence in competitive sport
(ii) facilitating, through the promulgation of guidelines and codes of practice, standards of good conduct and fair play in either or both competitive sport and recreational sport
(iii) taking such action as it considers appropriate, including testing, to combat doping in sport.
In performance of these functions, the Irish Sports Council established and implemented the National Sports Anti-Doping Programme The Irish Sports Council has accepted the World Anti-Doping Code, (“the Code”) and adopted these Anti-Doping Rules. These Anti-Doping Rules are adopted and implemented by the Irish Sports Council in discharge of its statutory functions and duties – in particular as they relate to the combating of doping in sport – and in accordance with its obligations under the Code. These Anti- Doping Rules are the fundamental document upon which the National Sports Anti-Doping Programme is based.