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Drug Free Policy

BC RUGBY UNION DRUG FREE ENVIRONMENT POLICY

 1. BACKGROUND

1.1  In accordance with the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB) Resolution 5.7, ‘All players participating in the game of Rugby may at any time be subject to a drug test.’  For a list of banned, restricted and permitted substances, please contact the BC Rugby Union office.
1.2  The provincial government had endorsed an Anti-Doping program for all BC athletes.
2.   PURPOSE
2.1   The purpose of this document is to clearly inform all BC Rugby Union athletes, coaches, staff and members of the BC Rugby Union on the BC Rugby Union Drug Free Environment policy.
3.   DEFINITION OF DOPING
3.1  The BC Rugby Union accepts the following as a definition of “doping”:
“The intentional or inadvertent use, by whatever means, by an athlete of a substance or procedure in order to enhance athletic performance before or during a competition is deemed to be doping.” (Sport Medicine Council of Canada - SMCC)
4.  BC RUGBY UNION POSITION STATEMENT
4.1  The BC Rugby Union is opposed on ethical, medical and legal grounds, to the practice of “doping” in sport and fully supports the position of Sport Canada, the Canadian Olympic Association, the International Olympic Committee, the IRFB and the Canadian Rugby Union regarding the use of banned substances.
4.2  The use, possession or trafficking of banned substances or procedure; the encouragement or counseling to use banned substances or procedure; or taking measures to mask detection of banned substances or procedure by any member of, or person associated with, the BC Rugby Union is unacceptable and constitutes a doping violation.
4.3  This policy covers all BC Rugby Union members, coaching staff, administration staff, medical support personnel and others associated with the BC Rugby Union operation.
5.  REVIEW AND APPROVAL
5.1  This policy was approved by the BCRU Board of Directors on the 23rd day of June, 2001.
5.2  This policy shall be reviewed by the BCRU Vice- President of Administration and the Executive Director on a regular basis, whom shall recommend revisions to the BC Rugby Union Board of Directors.
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