Clean Sports

The IPSF considers that most Pole Sport Athletes are clean and intend to play and compete following the rules. However, whether it is fear of failure, ignorance, bad advice by their support personnel or in the need to speed up the recovery, the use of prohibited substances or methods can be seen as one option in specific moments.

The IPSF priority is to safeguard the physical and mental health of the Pole Athletes ensuring also an equal competition. That is why, the IPSF accepted the World Anti-Doping Code, becoming a signatory under WADA approval.

WADA was established in 1999 as an International independent agency composed and funded by the sport movement and governments of the world. Its mission is to lead a collaborative worldwide movement for a doping-free sport through harmonizing, coordinating and monitoring anti-doping rules and policies across all sports worldwide.

The World Anti-Doping Code is the core document that harmonizes anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organizations and among public authorities around the world. It works in conjunction with mandatory International Standards and non-mandatory guidelines.

Adherence to the International Standards is mandatory for compliance with the Code that the IPSF accepted officially.

The IPSF Anti-Doping Program seek to preserve what is intrinsically valuable about sport. This intrinsic value is often referred to as “the spirit of sport”. It is the pursuit of human excellence through the dedicated perfection of each person’s natural talents.

The spirit of sport is the celebration of the human spirit, body and mind, and is reflected in values we find in and through sport, including:

Clean Sport




WADA was established in 1999 as an international independent agency to lead a collaborative worldwide movement for doping-free sport. WADA’s governance and funding are based on equal partnership between the Sport Movement and Governments of the world.

WADA’s primary role is to develop, harmonize and coordinate anti-doping rules and policies across all sports and countries. WADA’s key activities include:

 For more information about WADA, consult WADA website: Raising the game for clean sport | World Anti Doping Agency (



IFs [IPSF in our sport] are responsible for implementing an effective and Code-compliant anti-doping program for pole sport. Under the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), IFs are required to carry out the following anti-doping activities:

If you have any anti-doping queries, please contact the IPSF Anti-Doping Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


NADOs are organizations designated by each country as possessing the primary authority and responsibility to:

Check the following link to find out who to contact in your country: Code Signatories | World Anti Doping Agency (


In a few regions of the world, countries have pooled their resources together to create a RADO responsible for conducting anti-doping activities in the region in support of NADOs.

RADOs bring together geographically clustered groups of countries where there are limited or no anti-doping activities, for which they take over responsibility including:


Athletes, their support personnel and others who are subject to anti-doping rules all have rights and responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code (Code).

We strongly recommend that athletes and their support personnel read the Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act that you can find here:

Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act | World Anti Doping Agency (

Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act

Athletes’ Rights

Athletes’ Responsibilities

Equal opportunities in their pursuit of sport, free of participation by other athletes who dope

Comply with the ADO’s Anti-Doping Rules in line with the World Anti-Doping Code

Equitable and fair testing programs

Being available for sample collection when called

A Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) application process

Always Remaining within direct observation of the Doping Control Officer (DCO) or chaperone from notification until the completion of the sample collection process

To be heard, to have a fair hearing within a reasonable time by a fair, impartial and operationally independent hearing panel, with a timely reasoned decision specifically including an explanation of the reasons of the decision

Providing identification upon request during the sample collection process

Right to appeal the hearing decision

Ensuring that no prohibited substance enters their body and that no prohibited method is used to them

Any ADO that has jurisdiction over them will be accountable for its action and an athlete shall have the ability to report any compliance issue

Ensuring that any treatment is not prohibited according to the Prohibited List in force and checking this with the prescribing physicians, or directly with the IPSF if necessary

Ability to report Anti-Doping Rule Violations through an anonymous mechanism and not be subjected to threats or intimidation

Applying to the relevant ADO if no alternative permitted treatment is possible and a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) is required

Receiving anti-doping education

Reporting immediately for sample collection after being notified of being selected for doping control

Fair handling of their personal information by ADOs in accordance with the International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information and any local applicable law

Ensuring the accuracy of the information entered on the Doping Control Form (DCF) and cooperate with the ADOs investigating Anti-Doping Violation Rules

To pursue damages from another athlete whose actions have damaged that athlete by the commission of ah Anti-Doping Rule Violations

Not working with coaches, trainers, physicians or other athlete support personnel who are ineligible on account of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation or who have been criminally convicted or professionally disciplined in relation to doping

Athletes’ support personnel and other persons also have rights and responsibilities under the Code.

Athletes’ support personnel rights and responsibilities



Right to a fair hearing, before an independent hearing panel

Using their influence on athlete values and behaviors to foster clean sports behaviors

Right to appeal the hearing decision

Knowing and complying with all applicable anti-doping policies and rules in line with the Code

Rights regarding data protection, according to WADA rules and any applicable law

Cooperating with the athlete doping control program


Cooperating with ADOs investigating Anti-Doping Rule Violations


Informing the IPSF and/or NADO if they have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation in the last 10 years


Refraining from possessing a prohibited substance, administering any such substance or method to an athlete, trafficking, covering up an anti-doping rule violation or other forms of complicity and associating with a person convicted of doping.



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