ANTI-DOPING POLICY & STATEMENT OF NATURAL BODYBUILDING & FITNESS ASSOCIATION (SINGAPORE)

– UEN No: T15SS0214G
STATEMENT

The Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Association (Singapore) (“NBFA”) has on 10th April 2017 signed the Collective Policy thereby agreeing to at all times:

  1. Recognise and accept the Anti-Doping Singapore (ADS) as the National Anti-Doping Organisation designated by the Singapore Government as having the responsibility for all doping matters relating to sport in Singapore;
  2. Accept the Anti-Doping Policy of Singapore and the ADS Anti-Doping Rules, both of which are established in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code, as the basis for the fight against doping in sport;
  3. Adopt the Anti-Doping of Singapore and the ADS Anti-Doping Rules either directly or by reference into our governing documents, constitution and/or rules and regulations, and which shall have binding force and effect on our members and Participants; and
  4. Agree to observe, abide by and implement the provisions of the Anti-Doping Policy of Singapore and the ADS Anti-Doping Rules in respect of our affairs and activities.

The (“NBFA”) condemns the use of doping in sport. It recognises the right of all its Athletes to participate in a sport that is free from the misuse of drugs. The (“NBFA”) is committed to educate, inform and test, as appropriate, participants competing in bodybuilding & fitness in Singapore, and representing Singapore, so that it remains a drug-free sport.

It is a requirement of participation in the sport that all its Athletes, Athlete support personnel and other persons under the jurisdiction of the (“NBFA”) comply with the Anti-Doping Policy of Singapore and the ADS Anti-doping Rules set out and published by the (“NBFA”) and ADS.

In testing its Athletes, the (“NBFA”) is committed to handling the management of results in a confidential and accountable manner and to carry out disciplinary procedures where appropriate by the fair and independent process it has agreed with its members and with ADS, its appointed National Anti-Doping Organisation, for the collection of doping control samples. The disciplinary procedure for a contravention of these rules is published in full in the ADS Anti-Doping Rules.

ANTI-DOPING RULES

The Executive Committee / Management Committee of the Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Association (Singapore) has on 10th April 2017 adopted the ADS Anti-Doping Rules as the Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Association (Singapore)’s Anti-Doping Rules.

The ADS Anti-Doping Rules published by Anti-Doping Singapore (or its successor), as amended from time to time, shall take immediate effect and be construed as rules of the Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Association (Singapore).

APPLICATION OF ANTI-DOPING RULES

All affiliates, members, athletes, participants, staff and any other individual, paid or on a volunteer basis, who are under the jurisdiction of the Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Association (Singapore) are bound by the Anti-Doping Rules of the Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Association (Singapore) and agree to abide by these Anti-Doping Rules

POLICY


1  INTRODUCTION

1.1
Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Association (Singapore) (“NBFA”) UEN No : T15SS0214G was established and designated by the members of the fitness community of Singapore and registered with the Registry of Societies as a non-profit organization to promote drug free sport and anti-doping in the sport of Natural Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique, Fitness and Modelling in Singapore (“Natural Sport”).
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We promote Anti-Drug and Substance Abuse regulations.  In honouring Singapore’s  commitment  to the implementation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) Code (“Code”) NBFA will formally seek  to implement an anti – doping program in accordance with  to  the  Code, the Anti – Doping Policy of Singapore (“Policy”) and the ADS Anti – Doping Rules  (“Rules”) .
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The Code, Policy and Rules will provides a framework for the harmonisation of anti-doping policies, rules and regulations across all NBFA competitions in Singapore  and other  countries in the world which the  NBFA will observe and comply with.

2 PURPOSE OF THE POLICY

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Fundamental to Natural Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique, Fitness  and Modelling  being enjoyed by all is way  the Natural  Sport is played. There must be a commitment across all levels of the  sport in ensuring standards are set for fair play and then enforced. To achieve the highest levels of integrity and sporting conduct, it is necessary for NBFA, organisations, nationally and internationally, to work together.  A commitment to common goals and harmonisation, particularly with respect to anti-doping, is crucial to the development of the Natural Sport.
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Doping in sport is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport and is detrimental to the positive impact of sport in society. The elimination of doping in sport requires a commitment by all to ethical practices, as well as sanctioning of Participants who are found guilty of a doping violation.
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NBFA will follow the Policy and the Rules in ensuring compliance with the anti-doping rules of their international organisations and those of the Code. By stipulating the minimum standards and procedures (based on best practice) in implementing this Policy and the Rules, NBFA aims to promote a thorough and consistent approach to testing of the Natural Sport.
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In recognition of the above, this Policy is based on the following general principles:

(a) Cheating and abuse in sport are unacceptable and are to be condemned;

(b) The welfare of Athletes and other sports Participants is the  paramount concern;

(c) All Participants in sports have the right to be protected from abuse in sport;

(d) Sporting conduct and the spirit of sport are fundamental to the enjoyment of sport;

(e) Fairness in procedure and a commitment to accountability is critical to the effective governance of the  sport;

(f) Anti-doping is an international issue that requires a co – ordinated commitment by all Sport Organisations; and

(g) All personal data in connection with anti-doping activities is to be protected and processed in accordance with the requirements of the current WADA International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information.

3 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE POLICY

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The aim  of this Policy is “To ensure Natural Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique, Fitness and Modelling in Singapore is free of doping.”
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The following objectives of the Policy serve to support its aim:

(a) To promote a culture of doping – free Natural Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique, Fitness and  Modelling in Singapore;

(b) To establish programmes involving education, prevention, detection, deterrence, research and other measures;

(c) To establish consistent standards of anti-doping policy, testing and education across Singapore; and

(d) To encourage and build upon national and international harmonisation of anti-doping in sport.

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This Policy sets out NBFA’s commitment to anti-doping, the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders in the  sport, the compliance requirements and penalties for non-compliance.
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To enable  this Policy and  the Rules to be carried out  in Singapore,  NBFA recognized and designated ADS as the ruling authority, having responsibility for all anti – doping matters relating to the  sport of Natural Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique, Fitness and Modelling  in Singapore.
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To be compliant with the Code and its International Standards, NBFA shall:(a) Establish, adopt and implement this Policy and the Rules, which conform to the WADA Code and International Standards, with the co – operation and support of ADS and the Singapore Government;

(b) Require all members of  NBFA and its participants, local or internationally to at all times observe and adhere to this Policy and the Rules;

(c) Establish and implement an anti – doping programme, provide education and advice for members , Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel to abide by this Policy and the Rules;

(d) Co-operate with all sport organisations, governments and other interested parties, plan and carry  out doping control testing, including all related activities, with the purpose of combating doping in sport;

(e) Identify and forward any violations against the Rules for review and determination by an independent disciplinary panel, which shall be appointed by the ADS and whose members shall be independent of NBFA’s operations and any of the parties involved in the matter under review;

(f) In cooperation with the sporting community, plan and carry out information and education activities, and anti-doping research activities for the purpose of achieving doping-free sport;

(g) Encourage reciprocal Testing between NADOs; and

(h) Support international advocacy for doping – free sport, including liaison and partnerships with other domestic and international organizations, other Anti-Doping Organisations and WADA.

4 EDUCATION

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The basic principle for information and education programmes shall be to protect the spirit of sport, as described in this Policy, from being undermined by doping and to establish an environment which promotes and encourages doping – free behaviour and conduct among members and Participants.
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The primary goal shall be to educate and inform Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel about issues concerning doping in sport, and the risks of inadvertent doping.

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NBFA will collaborate  with  ADS in the planning, implementation and monitoring of information and education programmes on doping – free sport for their Athletes and Athlete Support  Personnel. The programmes should provide Participants with updated and accurate information on various issues, including:(a) Substances and methods on the Prohibited List;

(b) Health consequences of doping;

(c) Sample collection procedures; and

(d) Athlete’s rights and responsibilities

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NBFA have a responsibility to educate and counsel Athletes on the principles and provisions of this Policy and the Rules.
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NBFA and Participants shall cooperate with each other and ADS,  the Singapore Government to coordinate their efforts in anti-doping information and education.
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NBFA will also promote and seek to collaborate with ADS and  relevant Singapore Government departments to implement and monitor information and education programmes on doping-free sport for society in general.

5 APPLICATION TO AND OBLIGATIONS OF NBFA

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NBFA shall recognise the authority of ADS as the designated NADO responsible for all anti – doping matters relating to sport in Singapore, and fully support the efforts of ADS in the fight against doping in sport. NBFA, including its Athletes, Athlete Support Personnel and affiliated members, are further obliged to observe, abide by and implement the anti-doping measures set out in the Code.
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NBFA in its  commitment to doping-free sport shall accept and endorse this Policy and the Rules which are established in accordance with the Code as the basis for the fight against doping in sport.
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NBFA shall, at all times and in respect of its affairs and activities, observe, abide by and implement the provisions of this Policy and the Rules.
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NBFA will designate one staff member or  other person to act as its Anti-Doping Officer in charge of the NBFA’s anti-doping functions, who shall also be responsible for ensuring  that NBFA satisfies the requirements of this Policy and the Rules (including liaising with ADS as required).

6 APPLICATION TO AND OBLIGATIONS OF INDIVIDUALS

6.1

Individuals are bound by this Policy by virtue of the relationship which exists between NBFA and its members or Participants  through their  agreement to participate in Natural  Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique, Fitness and Modelling  according to its rules. In this regard, this Policy applies to:

(a) All individuals who are members of NBFA, regardless of nationality or where they reside or are situated;

(b) All individuals who are members of a NBFA’s affiliated members clubs, teams, associations or leagues;

(c) All individuals who participate in any capacity in any activity organised, convened or authorised by NBFA or its affiliated members clubs, teams, associations or leagues; and

(d) All individuals who participate in any capacity in any activity organized, held, convened or authorized by a National Event organization or a national league not affiliated with a NSA.

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In so doing, NBFA and  all its members or Participants recognise ADS as the authority responsible for administering this Policy, the Rules and carrying out the ADS Anti-Doping Programme. All individuals shall, in accordance with the Code, support and abide by this Policy and the Rules.
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Athletes must, as a minimum:(a) Have knowledge of and comply with all anti-doping policies and rules which are applicable to them;

(b) Make themselves available for Sample Collection;

(c) Take responsibility in the context of anti-doping for what they ingest and use;

(d) Not knowingly cheat by using performance enhancing substances;

(e) Inform medical personnel of their obligations not to Use Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods and to take responsibility for ensuring that medical treatment received does not violate anti-doping policies and rules pursuant to the Code, particularly the rules of procedure for Therapeutic Use Exemptions;

(f) Cooperate with NBFA, ADS and other recognised Code compliant international anti – doping programmes; and

(g) Positively demonstrate the values and behaviour required to foster doping-free sport and true excellence in performance.

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Athlete Support Personnel must, as a minimum:

(a) Have knowledge of and comply with all anti-doping policies and rules which are applicable to them or the Athletes they support;

(b) Cooperate with NBFA,  ADS and other recognised Code-compliant international anti-doping programmes;

(c) Inform medical personnel of the obligations on an Athlete not to Use Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods and to take responsibility for ensuring that medical treatment received by an Athlete does not violate anti-doping policies and rules pursuant to the Code, particularly the rules of procedure for Therapeutic Use Exemptions; and

(d) Positively influence the values and behaviour required to foster doping-free sport and true excellence in performance.

7 SANCTIONS

7.1

Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel who are found guilty of a doping violation in accordance with this Policy, the Rules or the rules of their sport will be subject to sanctions (including the withholding of financial support pursuant to Article 10.10 of the Rules).
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As a condition of receiving financial and/or other assistance from the Singapore Government and/or ADS, NBFA must accept and abide by the spirit and terms of the ADS Anti-Doping Programme and the Rules. In the event of a NBFA failing to comply with this Policy or the Rules, ADS will conduct a review and impose appropriate sanctions, including withholding financial and/or other support.

8 COMMENCEMENT AND REVIEW OF THE POLICY

8.1

This Policy shall come into full force and effect on 14th December 2015.
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The NBFA committee will review this Policy on an annual basis (or as often as required, e.g. when changes are made to the ADS, Policy, Rules,  Code or International Standards).
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A review of this Policy may result in amendments to this Policy and/or the Rules. NBFA will notify its members of any such amendments.

9 REPORTING

9.1

Under the provisions of  the  Code, NBFA will provide an annual report to ADS and participate in independent ADS,  NADO reviews as required.