World Heavy Events Association is the pioneer in anti-doping work on it´s genre of events it represent.
From the beginning of 2015 it also came the first organization in the world to organize strongman/woman and other events it represent under WADA -level doping testing.
World Heavy Events Association has a anti-doping contract with FINADA and it co-operates with any national anti-doping organizations in the worlds (NADOs).
World Heavy Events Association´s goal is to get WADA´s International Federation status in the future and it´s current anti-doping program is also done to follow with the CODE.
All World Heavy Events Association competitions, athletes etc. are under our anti-doping program and an athlete can only compete in our events by not only becaming a member, but also signing the anti-doping contract, where she/he will be allowing to be tested anywhere, anytime by World Heavy Events Association, FINADA, the athletes NADO and WADA.
1. The goals of anti-doping program
The goal of World Heavy Events Association´s anti-doping program is to work anti-doping work globally in strength sports it represent as wide as it´s resources allows. The first aim is to follow the progression of international anti-doping work and via it introduce anti-doping work to these sports, which haven´t had it before.
The tools of the anti-doping work are education-, and enlightenment to get globally all - specially young athletes, their coaches and other supporters to be aware of the health dangers of doping use, prohibition of doping and it´s conflict with Fair Play - principle and via it eventually to root out the use of doping in the events under World Heavy Events Association.
2. Ethical definition of policy
Doping is against the principles of sports and medical ethics, along with Fair Play-spirit. Doping harms the health of the athlete. Doping is wrong. Doping is forbidden.
3. The obeyed rules, programs and commitment
The rules about anti-doping are in the rules of the association, discipline rules and in the competition rules. The changes in the international anti-doping work is followed and the necessary changes are done to the rules, when international convention or rules change, or if other need is noted. The prohibited list is the same as in the list updated by WADA and the association is committed to comply with WADA rules, national rules in the country of competitions which are under the associations jurisdiction.
The commitment of the athletes and other personnel to the CODE is done via World Heavy Events Association rules, via national federation rules, discipline rules and via anti-doping contract.
3.1 Activity rules
>The base of the activity of the association are the ethical values of the sports along with Fair Play - spirit.
> The association can build event-related competition-, discipline- or other strength event related actions and the association´s principles of sport ethics and fair play spirit along with orders about gambling.
> The athlete members or the association (or national federation) along with the persons participating strength event actions under the associations jurisdiction are committed to obey the at each time valid anti-doping rules/CODE which is obeyed in World Heavy Events Association.
> The association publishes information about anti-doping in it´s channels along with other education and information.
3.2 Discipline rules
1.3.2 The association is committed to obey the WADA´s World Anti-Doping Code (CODE) and it´s international, valid norms. See more: www.wada-ama.org. The national federations are committed to obey the CODE along with their national NADOs anti-doping rules and World Heavy Events anti-doping rules.
1.3.3 The members of the association or national federations are committed to obey the rules at each time valid anti-doping rules, which are followed in the association. The rules which are followed in the association are mentioned in 1.3.2
1.3.4 Along with above 1.3.3 is stated, the athletes or other personnel taking part to strength event actions under World Heavy Events jurisdiction are obliged to follow the internal discipline rules of World Heavy Events Association about anti-doping cases.
3.3. Anti-doping contract
>The association or national federation makes an anti-doping contract with each athlete. Via the contract the athlete commits to follow the principles of clean sports and commits to World Heavy Events Association anti-doping rules along with World Anti-Doping Code and all international norms under it´s jurisdiction, and commits to follow World Heavy Events Association´s international anti-doping rules and by signing the anti-doping contract the athlete commits to obey them.
>By signing the anti-doping contract the athlete commits to doping-testing and the sanctions by the rules. During the contract validation time the athlete can be tested by motion of WADA, any NADOs in the world, World Heavy Events Association or it´s national federation when ever, where ever without pre-notice.
>The athlete can not take part to any competition under World Heavy Events Association jurisdiction before he/she has paid the yearly license fee to the association and have returned the anti-doping contract to the association, fully filled and personally signed as it is told in the contract.
>If World Heavy Events Association or it´s national federation has banned or bans an athlete (due doping violation), who has signed the anti-doping contract the athlete commits to pay World Heavy Events Association or it´s national federation a fee, what is mentioned in the rules of World Heavy Events Association or it´s national federation and before the payment the athlete can not take part to any competition under World Heavy Events Association jurisdiction even the ban is over in time.
>An athlete under 18 years can not make the anti-doping contract with World Heavy Events Association or it´s national federation without parents written permission.
>If the banned athlete is under returning testing, he must be the member of World Heavy Events Association and he/she must have valid anti-doping contract.
4. Current situation and the areas of responsibility
World Heavy Events Association is a pioneer and leader of anti-doping work in strength sports and it does it as much as their resources allows.
The main responsibility of the anti-doping work is carried by the board of the association and it corresponds about information, education, communication along with sanctions and fulfilling them.
The board also is responsible about execution of this anti-doping program.
5. Doping control
The NADO´s are in charge about national anti-doping monitoring, so the main point of the associations anti-doping work is in education- and guidance work.
In international competitions there is doping-tests compatible to World Heavy Events Association anti-doping rules.
World Heavy Events Association can name athletes to it´s testing pool within the criteria´s. Those athletes are demanded sharp and real time location information for testing outside of the competitions.
WADA, NADOs, World Heavy Events Association and it´s national federations have the rights to do testing to the athletes under the associations jurisdiction in competitions and outside of the competitions.
If there is no allowed medicine or method available to cure disease or maintain health, the athlete may apply immunity for medicine or method. After getting the immunity, the athlete has the permission to use that medicine or method.
World Heavy Events Association or it´s national federations are allowing immunities, which are requested and confirmed by the athlete´s NADO before the competitions. See your NADOs webpages for further info.
7. Education and information
> World Heavy Events Association follows logically and publicly it´s anti-doping line.
> World Heavy Events Association co-operates with WADA and NADOs.
> From the association pages there´s links to WADA and NADOs www-pages.
> The association operates current anti-doping cases in it´s news channels.
> Each member gets twice a year the reading right to the membership letter, which is the official information channel of the association along with the news channels.
> The association aims to held anti-doping education also in the competition and other happenings as much as resources are allowing.
8. International effects
By taking part to the international anti-doping work actively and speaking out behalf of clean sports World Heavy Events Association aims to effect, that the global goals under WADA´s leading for stopping doping and harmonizing anti-doping actions globally coming true.
> The procedures in doping-cases, handling unfinished case, hearing the relevant, decision making, publishing, and the advise of complaining is mainly specified in this anti-doping program.
> In the procedures, the legal protection of the athlete has noted so that in the procedure for unfinished case, the only ones aware of the case are along with the athlete, WADA or NADO or their monitoring board and the chairmen and secretary of the boards of World Heavy Events Association or it´s national federation, until the case has confirmed as doping violation, when it is bring to the board´s moot point. If the cases is decided, that it is not a doping violation it is not dealt with the board.
> WADA or NADO gets an notification about positive doping-test result, denied test, manipulated or other suspect of doping violation.
> WADA or NADO delivers written note/request of explanation to the person in case along with the association and they have seven (7) days time from the receiving of the note/request the right to give their written explanation in case or present written request to be heard in the monitoring board meeting before the decision making about is it or is it not a doping violation.
> Temporary ban: WADA or NADO temporary bans the person, who has given a doping-test, which has (A-test) reported positive result from prohibited substance or method. WADA or NADO informs about temporary ban to the athlete and other parties involved.
>WADA or NADO can sanction the athlete or other person to temporary ban, whose A-test have been reported positive with any prohibited substances or methods from WADA´s or NADOs lists, or athlete or other person who can be suspected rightly about doping violation. WADA or NADO informs athlete or other person about the case along with other parties involved.
The athlete or other person, who is under temporary ban must be heard in the monitoring board soon. The procedure is mentioned in the boards rules.
During temporary ban the athlete or other person can not:
A: represent the association or any other party, which is committed to the CODE in any competition under any event, which is committed to the CODE; nor
B: take part as an athlete or official to any competition or other sports happening, which is organized by any party committed to the CODE.
> After getting the explanation, (mentioned here at second sentence of 10.) or after other procedure mentioned in the rules , the board invests the case and decides if it is a doping case. In that matter, that the athlete has requested B-analysis with his/her own cost, it will be done before the decision.
>An athlete or other person can give up expressly the about the hearing in the monitoring board. If the athlete or other person is not denying the claim about the doping violation in seven (7) days after getting the info about suspected violation it will be considered also as giving up the hearing.
>After making the decision the monitoring board gives written judgment about the case along with the sanction, which would be given about the violation by the CODE (WADA or NADO).
>After getting the decision in written about the violation and suggested sanction World Heavy Events Association board contacts the person in the case and gives the person seven (7) days time to give his/her written (paper or email) explanation about the notification of the explanation. The person in the case is also getting the opportunity to be heard in the board meeting before the judgement.
>World Heavy Events Association board is summoned as soon as possible after the person in the case has given his/her explanation mentioned above. If the person in the case is not giving the explanation during the mentioned time frame, the board is summoned as soon as possible after this deadline.
>World Heavy Events Association follows the suggestion of sanction from WADA/NADO, unless the case is under the hardened sanction violations in the association rules.
>The decision about the sanction is informed without delays via email or phone to the person in the case. The decision is also delivered in written via mail. The chairman of the board is responsible about giving the information. In the written version there is also guidelines how to complain about the decision along with needed addresses and contact informations for questions about the complaining along with the complaining time (30 days from the time of the sanction information).
>World Heavy Events Association collects the fees from the person in the case as they are mentioned in the rules.
11. Publishing the case about doping
The sanction about doping case is informed without delays to WADA or NADO along with information in public news channels and association channels and in next members letter.
The Chairman of the board is responsible about the communications and information.
There won´t be separate press conference about the case, unless there is some special reason for it. In that case the association board decides the ways and channels of communication.
12. Influences of the ban in the sports.
The athlete or other person, who is banned in sports can not take part in any form to any World Heavy Events Association or it´s national federation´s or any other party´s, which is committed to the CODE competition or other action which is under the jurisdiction of the mentioned parties.
If the person acts against this rule, his results are disqualified and the counting of the ban time is ordered to start again from the date of the violation.
13. Organization and monitoring
In current form of the World Heavy Events Association the anti-doping program is fulfilled and monitored by the board. The decisions and monitoring the actions in anti-doping cases happens during the normal monitoring of the board meetings and during the preparations of the meetings.
Anti-doping program is a part of routines in the association. The program is monitored and it is reported yearly in the annual reports.
Anti-doping program is changed if needed to response to the needs of current conditions. If the organization of the association changes, the anti-doping program is focused to answer better the performance of the new organization.
For doping rule violations WHEA´s board acts as hearing and appealing bodies.
Hämeenlinna, Finland, 22nd, Dec. 2014.
World Heavy Events Association