Badminton New Zealand is committed to the advancement of clean sport that rejects cheating through the use of performance enhancing drugs and methods.

Badminton New Zealand is in partnership with Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) to:

  • Promote a culture of clean sport
  • Deliver anti doping education
  • Organise and implement testing programmes
  • Report doping and suspicious activity
  • Support athletes to compete drug free

For full information about anti doping, visit

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Your point of contact for anti-doping matters is:

Stephen Nelson
Chief Executive
021 661

The Prohibited List

The Prohibited List is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) every year and details all substances and methods which are prohibited or banned in sport. A substance or method may be included on the list if it meets any two of the following criteria:

  • It has the potential to enhance sporting performance
  • It presents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete
  • It violates the spirit of sport

DFSNZ promotes the updated Prohibited List to New Zealand national sports organisations and athletes each year. 

The Prohibited List

2023 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes 

The Anti-Doping Rules

All members of Badminton New Zealand are required to abide by New Zealand’s Sports Anti Doping Rules. These rules reflect the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) World Anti-Doping Code.

In summary, the rule violations are:

  1. Presence of a prohibited substance, or its metabolites or markers, in an athlete’s sample;
  2. Use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or method by an athlete;
  3. Evasion of doping control or refusal to provide a sample; 
  4. Failure of Registered Testing Pool athlete to meet Whereabouts requirements three times within a 12-month period;
  5. Tampering with any part of the doping control process by an athlete or other person*;
  6. Possession of prohibited substances or methods by an athlete or support person;
  7. Trafficking or attempted trafficking of a prohibited substance or method by an athlete or other person;
  8. Administration or attempted administration of a prohibited substance or method by an athlete or other person;
  9. Complicity with or attempt to cover up an anti-doping rule violation by an athlete or other person;
  10. Knowing association by an athlete or other person with someone in a sporting capacity who has been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation;
  11. Discouragement of, or retaliation against someone for, reporting doping or suspected doping by an athlete or other person.


Many medications contain substances which are prohibited in sport. Any athlete who is sick or injured needs to carefully consider the medications they take to ensure they avoid prohibited substances.

To check whether a medication is permitted in sport, please visit the Medication Check page on the DFSNZ website or request a copy of DFSNZ’s wallet guide on the status of common medications.

Athletes can apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if they need to take medication which is prohibited in sport. If athletes compete at a top level, they may need to apply for a TUE before they take medication which contains a prohibited substance. Visit the TUE page on the DFSNZ website for more information.


Many dietary or sports supplements are marketed as helping to improve performance, recovery, weight loss or muscle development, and, supplements can contain substances which are prohibited in sport and may not accurately label ingredients. Athletes should carefully assess their need for supplements and carefully research the supplements they choose to take.

The Athlete Whereabouts Programme

Anti doping organisations, including DFSNZ, conduct drug tests on athletes out-of-competition with no advanced warning. The Athlete Whereabouts Programme allows DFSNZ to locate athletes for testing.


Drug testing is one of the best ways to identify athletes who are doping and to protect athletes who are clean competitors.  Athletes can be tested during an event (in-competition) or at any other time (out-of-competition) and will be asked to provide a urine sample, a blood sample or both.  The testing process and sample collection for doping control will be carried out by a trained and accredited DFSNZ official.