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Please Note:
Under the 2017 Anti-Doping Policy, ICN are increasing the sanctions and consequences for those who disregard our drug-free rules and disrespect our natural competitors and organization. Cheating in ICN events is a serious offence and harsh penalties are necessary to work as a deterrent. Over and above the disqualification and ban applied under our anti-doping policy (and ICN sanctions against the athlete apply if they compete in any Olympic or other International sport) ICN may publish the athlete's name, photograph and drug-test results on ICN websites. The Australian Government will also issue a separate, public media release in conjunction to listing the athlete’s name with each relevant government body.
 
Anti-doping programs seek to preserve what is intrinsically valuable about sport. Anti-Doping Rules, like Competition rules, are sport rules governing the conditions under which sport is played. Athletes accept these rules as a condition of participation.
- World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
 
Introduction
 
The purpose of this information is to clearly outline the conditions and responsibilities of an ICN Member in relation to our Drug Policy. We define what is considered a drug violation, how the drug policy and testing process functions and what to do if your health requires your doctor to prescribe a banned drug (for a legitimate medical reason).
 
The corner stone behind the success of the ICN has been the resilience of our competitor's ethics. Our competitors chose the ICN because they value the concept of 'fair play', refuse to take drugs, have an awareness of the harmful effects of drug use and support ICN's stringent drug testing and Doping Policy. Since our first contest in 1991, ICN has contracted the accredited WADA (and formerly IOC) drug testing body, the Australian Sports Anti-Drug Authority (ASADA). Our 26-year history with ASADA, an independent government agency, demonstrates our serious intent and endeavour to keep Natural Bodybuilding drug free and use the highest world standard available in drug detection.
 
ICN enforces drug testing on the day of the contest as well as between contests. Click here to read the testing procedure. Drug testing at the event and whom is tested, is usually under the control of the Australian Sport Anti-Drug Authority (ASADA). Obviously, competitors who display characteristics associated with drug use will be targeted as well as top place getters. Between contests, ICN athletes are subject to our 'no notice' Random Drug Testing Program (RDTP). Testing is again conducted by ASADA. Each member supplies ICN with an Athlete Information Form outlining their usual place and time of training as well as home and work details. ASADA can arrive 'without notice' at a member's training location, home or work and notify them a urine sample must be collected.
 
In 1999, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was formed to take over the position and role the IOC played as the drug authority in sport. Since this time WADA has comprehensively rewritten the Doping substances, standards and protocols for sporting bodies, which are now referred to as the Code. On January 1st 2004 the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) authority came into force. As such, each Country and Sporting group must be a signatory of WADA to be able to compete in the Olympic Games. The aim of WADA is to implement a Doping Policy that is standardised across all sports and all Countries. Furthermore all signatories uphold sanctions imposed by any WADA signatory; therefore a banned athlete, for the duration of the ban, cannot compete in another sport. ICN has adapted the new WADA initiatives and our sanctions will be recognised by other WADA signatory sports. As such iCompete/INBA Natural athletes are subject to the same doping rules, procedures and sanctions as athletes that participate in an Olympic sport, and in most cases, voliations of the drug policy are heard by the Court of Arbitation for Sport (CAS) in Sydney.
 
A list of the 2010 banned substances can be viewed by clicking WADA Code of Prohibited Substances. Drugs are listed by chemical name, not commercial name. As example, the anabolic steroid dianabol appears under its chemical name methandrostenolone. As a guideline: never take a substance of a chemical nature or containing an unknown ingredient without considering and checking if it may be a prohibited substance. If in doubt phone the ASADA Hotline: 1 800 02 05 06. You may wish to enquire with ASADA about their publication titled, Drugs in Sport Handbook. ICN take a hard line with those who use drugs because competitors have a choice to compete with other bodybuilding organisations that do not drug test.
 
 ICN Anti-Doping Rules (Summarised)
 
Doping is defined as the occurrence of one or more of these anti-doping rule violations. The full ICN Doping Policy can be viewed by clicking the link at the top of the page. These Anti-Doping Rules are in furtherance of ICN's continuing efforts to eradicate doping in the sport of Natural Bodybuilding. Note: Athlete admissions are treated in accordance as evidence of a Doping rule violation.
 
1. The presence of a Prohibited Substance in an Athlete's bodily Specimen.
It is each Athletes personal duty to ensure that no Prohibited Substance enters his or her body. Accordingly, it is not necessary that intent, fault, negligence or knowing Use on the Athletes part be demonstrated in order to establish an anti-doping violation.
 
2. Use or Attempted Use of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method.
Defined as the application, ingestion, injection or consumption by any means whatsoever of any Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method. The success or failure of the Use of a Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method is not material.
It is sufficient that the Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method was Used or Attempted to be Used for an anti-doping rule violation to be committed.
 
3. Refusing, or failing without compelling justification, to submit to Sample collection or otherwise evading Sample collection.
 
4. Violation of the requirements regarding Athlete availability for Between-Competition Testing including failure to provide required whereabouts information.
 
5. Tampering, or Attempting to tamper, with any part of Doping Control.
 
6. Possession of Prohibited Substances and Methods.
Possession by an Athlete at any time or place of a substance that is prohibited or a Prohibited Method unless the Athlete establishes that the Possession is pursuant to a therapeutic use exemption or other acceptable justification.
 
7. Trafficking in any Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method.
Administration or Attempted administration of a Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method to any Athlete, or assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, covering up or any other type of complicity involving an anti-doping rule violation or any Attempted violation.
 
8. Administration or Attempted administration of a Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method to any Athlete, or assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, covering up or any other type of complicity involving an Anti-Doping Rule Violation or any Attempted violation.
 

Sport Supplements
 
ASADA cannot determine the status of supplement products in sport. Due to their multi-ingredient nature, supplements are considered to present more risk to athletes than registered pharmaceutical products. There is a risk that supplements may contain impurities, such as ingredients that are not listed on the label, which could cause a positive test. A 2001 International Olympic Committee study reported nearly 15 percent of supplement products tested (all non-Australian products) contained substances not labelled that would result in a positive drug test.
 
It seems weekly, the latest development or unpronounceable ingredient name in supplementation is on the shelf for us to buy, but are they safe to use for drug-tested athletes? Who should be responsible for substantiating their claims and drug-free status? Surely the manufacturer should be prepared to guarantee that their products do what they claim, include only those ingredients that appear on the label, and will not result in a positive drug test for an athlete. Some manufacturers are prepared to do this but others are not. As with all drug-free and drug tested athletes, the onus falls on your vigilance.
 
Steps to reduce the risk of inadvertently taking a prohibited substance in the form of a Food/Sports Supplement:
 
1) Contact the company who makes or distributes the product. The manufacturer/distributor should know what they have made and whether it will pass a drug test. If they do not know or they do not guarantee - better in writing - their product will pass a drug test, do not use the product. End of story - they have not done research into what they have in the bottle.
 
2) If you do not get a satisfying answer and you are still interested in using the product contact ASADA Drugs in Sport Hotline on 1 800 02 05 06. However, you must know ASADA (nor ICN) were established to research or test supplement companies new products. ASADA can really only offer answers in relation to prescribed drugs because pharmaceutical companies are legally bound to precisely manufacture what is described in the ingredients, whereas supplement companies are not.
 
3) If you do not get a satisfying answer from ASADA either, don't risk your proud reputation on an unknown ingredient or supplement without a drug-free guarantee.
 

Therapeutic Use
 
The ASDMAC secretariat would like to advise that under the WADA 2016 International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE) you do not need to apply for an In-Advance TUE.

If you were to be tested and receive notification from ASADA of an Adverse Analytical Finding (i.e. a positive doping control test) you may then apply for a Retroactive TUE.

Due to you using a prohibited substance for an acute medical condition you are eligible to apply for a Retroactive TUE, you should keep a medical file (including evidence confirming the diagnosis and a detailed clinical letter from with the previous 12 months). Please see Section 2B of the enclosed WADA Medical Information document which outlines the medical evaluation which needs to be met before a TUE can be approved for the use of Testosterone).

Therefore, an in-advance TUE is not required. You should establish and maintain a current medical file in the event that you are tested and receive notification requiring a Retroactive TUE.

If you have any questions, please telephone ASDMAC on (02) 6222 4283.
 
 
iCompete Natural Anti Doping Sanctions
 
Dior Andrews
Presence, Use
3.5 years
23/7/2016
17/6/2019

Glenn Lynch,
Presence, Use
4 years
23/03/2017
23/03/2021
 
Kylie Fiechtner
Presence, Use
2 years
9/2/2017
 9/2/2019
 
Nathan Tait  
Presence, Use
4 years
  17/11/2016
17/11/2020
 
Mark McCormack  
Presence, Use
2 years
 28/10/2016
 28/10/2018

 
Presence, Use
x years
 
 

 
 
x years
 
 

Johnny Whenuaroa
Presence, Use
4 years
23/7/2016
23/7/2020

Amy Turner
Presence, Use
2 years
8/12/2016
8/12/2018

Patrick Gardiner
Presence, Use
4 years
17/6/2016
17/6/2020

Josh Davis
Presence, Use
4 years
17/11/2015
17/11/2019

Samuel Sommerville
Presence, Use
4 years
27/12/2014
27/12/2018

Notorious Chase
Presence, Use
2 years
3/06/2015
3/06/2017

Joshua Duckworth
Refusal/failure to comply
2 years
24/4/2015
24/4/2017

William Wong
Presence, Use
2 years
20/3/2015
20/3/2017

Ursula McCulloch
Presence, Use
2 years
10/12/2014
10/12/2016

Zahin Singh
Presence, Use
2 years
18/12/2014
18/12/2016

James Trenow
Presence, Use
2 years
5/11/2014
5/11/2016

Sam Kassem
Presence, Use
8 years
31/10/2014
31/10/2022

Matthew Pierce
Presence, Use
2 years
15/9/2014
15/9/2016

Paul Newton
Presence, Use
2 years
5/07/2014
5/07/2016

Felicity Seaton
Presence, Use
2 years
7/07/2014
7/07/2016

Xavier Grevet
Presence
2 years
21/5/2014
21/5/2016

Joe Stramandinoli
Presence, Use
2 years
2/12/2013
2/12/2015

Lisa Cutter
Presence, Use
2 years
1/11/2013
1/11/2015

Tony Spain
Presence, Use
2 years
1/08/2013
1/08/2015

Mitchell Doorey
Presence, Use
2 years
1/12/2011
1/12/2013

Isaac Hall
Refusal/failure to comply
2 years
30/10/2009
30/10/2011

 

As per the iCompete Natural (ICN) constitution and ratified by the Australian National Executive, the current drug sanctions are published herein. The table above shows the existing sanctions whilst there still are a number of first test positives that are undergoing second testing or are at various stages of the legislative process. Each year iCompete publishes the sanctions list which can also be found on the ASADA website. Given the small number of positives from the tens of thousands of competitors the percentage of cheats is very small, however we will never stop and even if we get to zero, we will continue to be vigilant and relentless. 26 years ago our founder Wayne McDonald made a promise to create a level playing field and he has never stopped trying to honour that promise. Please consider supporting iCompete first because it is a matter of Government record that we are natural and do take steps to be clean so that everyone gets a fair chance. If you support non-tested organizations it only erodes our mission but it will never stop us. If you take drugs we will catch you and your reputation will be ruined forever. It's not worth it!