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GAA Handball's Anti-Doping Policy

GAA Handball Ireland’s policy is that doping is contrary to the spirit of sport and every member has a duty to ensure that the sport is free of doping.

Membership of GAA Handball Ireland means that all athletes may be selected for testing. Your membership of GAA Handball Ireland commits you to agreeing to testing and in the case of a minor (U/18) the prior written consent of the parent or guardian is required via the initial membership process at Club level, or at selection for competition or through competition entry forms.

All club personnel have a responsibility to ensure that club members are aware of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules and that there is an atmosphere supporting a drug free sport within the club. A complete copy of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules are available here. Once you join GAA Handball Ireland and enter a competition you are accepting the fact that you could be drug tested.

Irish Anti-Doping Rules

GAA Handball Ireland has adapted the Irish Anti-Doping Rules as the anti-doping rules of GAA Handball Ireland. Adopted by Resolution of the GAA Handball Ireland Board, Ard Comhairle, March 2012. Under the Irish Anti-Doping Rules, the Irish Sports Council carries out drug testing on behalf of GAA Handball Ireland. Full details on the Irish Anti-Doping Programme are available here.

International Federation Rules

GAA Handball Ireland must also adhere to the rules of our International Federation, World Wall Ball Association, and The World Handball Council. Athletes/Squad members attending International Events need to check in particular the regulations regarding TUE requirements of the International Federation in relation to competing at International Events, for e.g. if an Irish Sports Council TUE Certificate of Approval is accepted or if an athlete needs to re-apply to the International Federation etc. Athletes should verify the rules and regulations with their medical officer/ team manager or Anti-Doping Officer John Kelly.

What do members need to know?

In principle any athlete competing in GAA Handball can be tested so each athlete regardless of the level at which they are competing needs to be aware of the anti-doping rules.

(1) WADA Prohibited List – Checking Medications & TUE Policy

The World Anti-Doping Agency issues a Prohibited List annually. For information on the Prohibited List see

Note: Recreational Drugs are tested in-competition. Check the status of over-the-counter and prescribed medications in relation to the Prohibited List, based on where you purchase the medication:

Republic of Ireland: Eirpharm Drugs in Sport Database on

Northern Ireland: Medications bought in Northern Ireland, U.K., U.S.A and Canada can be checked on

See for further information

If a medication is Prohibited, you must check and adhere to the Irish Sports Council TUE Policy at

(2) Sample Collection Procedures

For information on the Sample Collection Procedures that are adhered to when athletes are tested, the following resources are available:

• Check out • Read the leaflet ‘Sample Collection Procedures – Urine and Blood’ • Check out the e-learning programme Real Winner

(3) Supplements

Athletes need to be aware that there are risks associated with the use of sports supplements with many positive drug tests associated with their use. For more information, read the Irish Sports Council Supplements and Sports Food Policy at

Useful fact sheets in relation to supplements are available on the Institute of Sport website here.

(4) Registered Testing Pool

Athletes are informed directly by the Irish Sports Council when they are included on the Registered Testing Pool. Athletes on the RTP can be tested anywhere, anytime with no advance notice. Athletes must comply with the RTP requirements such as TUE and Whereabouts requirements. See for further information.

(5) National Testing Pool

The National Testing Pool (NTP) consists of athletes who are in National Squads and Development Squads, who attend training organized by GAA Handball Ireland. Athletes in the NTP can be drug tested both in- and out-of-competition. Out-of-competition testing will mainly be based on squad/team training sessions but the Irish Sports Council may test an athlete at their home address. Both urine and blood samples can be requested. See for more information.

Further Information

Check out for further information on these topics or to order education resources for you and your club

Who to ask for further information?

For any queries regarding anti-doping in GAA Handball Ireland please contact:

Name: John Kelly   Tel: +353 (0) 1 8192384   Email:

The Irish Sports Council Anti-Doping Unit can be contacted at:

Anti Doping Unit Irish Sports Council Top Floor, Block A Westend Office Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

Tel: 00353 1 8608800 Email: