From 1st April 2013, the IPSF adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and began an education programme for National Federations, athletes, coaches and endorsed competition holders to enable Pole Sports to be a drug free environment.  From 1st August 2013, the IPSF undertook a full anti-doping programme for all athletes competing in national and international competitions accredited by the IPSF. This means that testing can occur at any time, not just over the time-frame of a competition. In-competition testing was launched in July 2014 at the WPSC.

The World Anti-Doping Code (WADA) is the document that harmonises regulations regarding anti-doping in sport across all sports and all countries of the world. The Code provides a framework for anti-doping policies, rules, and regulations for sports organisations and public authorities.

As an athlete or a coach, you will be given lost of information, advice and guidance on how to make sure you remain 100% free of prohibited substances at all times. One of the main problems that athletes in other sports have found is that health supplements are to be avoided.

As an endorsed competition organiser, we must adopt the WADA Code to be accredited as an IPSF competition. We will be working on an Anti-Doping education programme and ensure support of all athletes, coaches and enthusiasts.

IPSF full by-laws are in the IPSF constitution, but if you would like to find out more please contact

Athletes are not allowed to:

compete in any NGB/IPSF competitions.
train in an IPSF/NGB approved centre e.g. affiliated club, funded gym, funded facility.
receive any sports related funding.
Any previous medals, titles, and records will also be removed.

In-competition testing began at the World Pole Sports Championships 2014 and continues today. Out-of-competition testing will begin in 2018.

Notification of selection for a doping test:

The person notifying the athlete will show ID.
The athlete will also have to show ID.


Reporting for testing to the Doping Control Station

The athlete needs to report immediately for testing, unless they request a delay (more on this later).
The athlete will be chaperoned at all times.


Selecting a collection vessel

There will be a minimum of 3 kits to choose from.
Unless there is a reason, e.g. disability, the athlete will be the only person to handle the testing equipment.


Providing the sample under supervision

Athletes will be directly observed.
The sample must be a minimum of 90mls (if not, additional samples may be required).

Selecting the sampling kit
There will be a minimum of 2 kits to choose from.

Dividing and sealing the sample
B bottle first, then A, then B if there is any of the sample left.
The athlete will seal the sample.

Testing the suitability of the sample
The sample’s concentration will be tested to make sure it is suitable for analysis.

Recording and certifying the information
The athlete will complete the Doping Control Form (DCF) and sign to verify it is their sample. They will be given a copy.
The athlete must also record anything they have taken in the last 7 days including medications and supplements.


Athletes have the right:

To see DCP identification
To be accompanied by a representative
To a DCO of the same gender
To comment on the testing procedures
To receive a copy of the DCF
Confidentiality at the laboratory
To request a delay in reporting to DCS

Remain within direct observation of the person who is chaperoning them.
Produce photographic identification when asked (or find someone to verify why they are).
Comply with the testing procedures.
Report immediately for a test, unless they request a delay for a permitted reason.


You have no doubt heard that athletes receive a ban from their sport for a period of time. This can span from a few months to life ban, depending on the severity of the rule violation and evidence put forward.


Athletes are entitled to receive anti-doping education and may be able to still receive sport funded medical treatment.Most athletes have a deep passion for their sport and dedicate a significant amount of time to it. Having this removed can be difficult for athletes and should be a strong deterrent

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