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Anti-doping Guidelines

The Camogie Association believe that doping is contrary to the spirit of fair play and members have a responsibility to ensure that our sport is free of doping. Anti-doping compliance is detailed in Section 26 of the Camogie Constitution Rules 2017/18, Official Guide Part 1.

The fundamental aims of doping control are threefold:

  1. To uphold and preserve the ethics of sport.
  2. To safeguard the physical health and mental integrity of players.
  3. To ensure that all competitors have an equal chance.

In Camogie, all Senior (O’Duffy Cup) intercounty team players, county boards and the team’s support personnel (e.g. managers, coaches, medical personnel, nutritionists, psychologists, officials etc.) have a responsibility to ensure that they are aware of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules and that there is an atmosphere supporting a drug free sport within each county. The Irish Anti-Doping Rules are available at Sport Ireland Anti-Doping

The following information highlights key areas regarding anti-doping. The Camogie Association advises members to read the Anti-Doping Rules and to understand their responsibilities under these rules. The consequences of not adhering to Anti-Doping Rules can be severe for players and their support personnel; therefore, it is critical that any questions/concerns be clarified with either the Camogie Association or Sport Ireland. The Camogie Association run Anti-Doping workshops for all senior counties to facilitate the development and delivery of a quality education programme for all the major stakeholders.

Rule Changes

Several changes to the Irish Anti-Doping rules came into effect in January 2015. These changes relate to sanctioning for the use of serious doping substances or methods and refusing or evading sample collection. Four year bans can be applied for these rule violations. The Irish Anti-Doping Rules also now recognize the matter of contaminated substances. If a player can establish ‘no significant fault or negligence’ then the sanction can range from a reprimand to a maximum of two years. This concept is explained in more detail in the ‘Risk minimisation’ section.


Players are also responsible for checking their prescribed and over-the-counter medications to see if they are permitted for use by players. If a medication is not permitted, the player may need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). The website has a ‘Drugs in Sport Database’ where players can check prescribed and over-the-counter medications bought in the Republic of Ireland. Medications bought in Northern Ireland should be checked on or for more information on all medications and TUEs follow the following link: How to check your medications.

Note on Asthma Medications:

Sport Ireland have recently released an advisory note on inhalers (Beta-2-Agonists) which is available here


The Camogie Association promotes the approach of “Food First” when it comes to supplementation. Supplements are not classified as medications. Cross-contamination of supplements can occur. To minimise risk, the Camogie Association recommends you assess:

  1. The Need
  2. The Risk
  3. The Consequences

If a player is contemplating supplementation as a nutritional strategy, we advise that you seek professional assistance from a professional sports dietician. Only batch tested supplements should be used.