At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Association, Fencing New Zealand adopted a new Anti-Doping Policy on the advice and recommendation of Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC), the New Zealand Olympic Committee, and the New Zealand Sports Disputes Tribunal.
The new rules are in line with the new world wide anti-doping rules supported by The Fédération Internationale d'Escrime (FIE), the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The new policy required changes to our constitution to modify our rules regarding disciplinary procedures. Athletes in some circumstances, primarily doping infractions, will now be managed through the newly established New Zealand Sports Disputes Tribunal.
The main change to the policy that will affect our fencers is that FeNZ will no longer be responsible for identifying athletes who will be subject to the "Out Of Competition" (OoC) testing program, the number involved will be greatly reduced. This will mean the management of the policy and program will be simpler and less resource intensive. In essence our fencers who may be subject to "Out Of Competition" testing program will generally be those who are recipients of Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarship. Also anyone identified by the FIE as being on the " Out Of Competition" testing program managed by WADA (those who are world ranked in the top 32).
The FeNZ web site Anti-Doping Policy and information is currently being updated and will be available shortly.
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