Drug-testing will be activated for 2012 ASP World Title season

The new ASP Anti-Doping Policy will apply to all Top 34 men and Top 17 women competing on their respective ASP World Title Series.

The men strongly support the implementation of the ASP Anti-Doping policy,” Kieren Perrow, ASP Top 34 competitor and surfers’ representative, said. “It is a positive step which enhances the professionalism of competitive surfing and sends a great message to the kids out there who look up to us as role models.”

The ASP was careful to involve Anti-Doping Policy standards prescribed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code and Prohibited List with any testing performed implemented at International Standards.

As a result, the policy sets out some stiff penalties for positive tests along with a position on trafficking and administration.

straight from the ASP Anti-Doping policy: Penalties

The period of Ineligibility imposed for a violation of any of the following will result in at least one (1) year Ineligibility for the first violation and disqualification of all the Surfer’s individual results obtained in all relevant Events with all consequences, including forfeiture of all medals, points and prizes.

For subsequent violations, longer periods of Ineligibility will apply together with any other sanctions the ARDC (ASP Athlete Rules & Disciplinary Committee) deem appropriate.

Trafficking or Administration For violations of Trafficking or administration of Prohibited Substance, the period of Ineligibility imposed will be a minimum of four (4) years up to lifetime Ineligibility. An anti-doping rule violation involving a Minor will be considered a particularly serious violation, and, if committed by Surfer Support Personnel for violations other than Recreational Substances referenced in Article 2.3, will result in lifetime Ineligibility for such Surfer Support Personnel.

In addition, violations of such Articles, which also violate non-sporting laws and regulations, may be reported to the appropriate law enforcement authority.

the following will be considered “Recreational Substances”
Alcohol | Amphetamines | Benzodiazepines | Cannaboids | Cocaine Hydrochloride | Methamphetamines | Narcotics

The first stop of the 2012 ASP World Title Series will be the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast from February 25 to March 7, 2012.

The new ASP Anti-Doping Policy can be viewed in full ataspworldtour.com/pdf/aspantidopingpolicy.pdf

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

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