Anti-doping disputes

We provide a forum to hear anti-doping disputes, particularly for sports without their own tribunals. Find out what anti-doping disputes are and how we handle them.

What anti-doping disputes are

Under the World Anti-Doping Code there are 10 possible anti-doping rule violations, or ADRVs. These include things like possessing, trafficking or using prohibited substances; refusing to submit samples; and more.

How we handle anti-doping disputes

Our Anti-Doping Division will handle first-instance anti-doping disputes – that is, where the dispute has not been heard by another tribunal already.

If you are appealing against an anti-doping decision made by the NST or another sporting tribunal, our Appeals Division will handle it.

Our Anti-Doping Division or Appeals Division can deal with anti-doping disputes if the relevant sport’s anti-doping policy allows it. If the policy does not yet allow it, the NST can still hear the matter as long as all of the parties (the athlete or support person, the sporting body and the Sport Integrity Australia CEO) agree in writing for the NST to deal with it. The Sport Integrity Australia CEO has formally recognised the NST as an approved hearing body to resolve anti-doping disputes for sports in an open letter sent to National Sporting Organisations on 27 March 2020.

See the form Agreement to bring a dispute to the National Sports Tribunal.

Who can apply to resolve a dispute

Any person who has received an ‘assertion’ that they have committed a possible ADRV can apply to have their matter heard by the NST.

When you can apply

If you are applying to the Anti-Doping Division, you must apply within the time period specified in your sporting body's anti-doping policy or within 21 days of receiving an assertion.

If you are appealing an anti-doping dispute decision to our Appeals Division, you must appeal within the time period specified in your sporting body's anti-doping policy or within 21 days of the date of the original decision.

Who is involved

The athlete or support person (for example, doctor or coach), the sporting body, the Sport Integrity Australia CEO are the ‘involved parties’ in an anti-doping dispute.  Any other person that is permitted under the sports anti-doping policy to be involved in the dispute as an ‘interested party’ can also apply to join the dispute

Dispute resolution processes you can use

We only use arbitration for anti-doping cases. Mediation, conciliation or case appraisal options are not available for anti-doping cases.

Apply to resolve a dispute

See Our process for details of how to apply to resolve an anti-doping dispute.

Contact

For more help, contact us.

For additional information relating to anti-doping, please check the Sport Integrity Australia website.