Retirement During a Period of Ineligibility (a Ban from Sport)
An athlete who has retired from Sport and removed him or herself from the Registered Testing Pool whilst serving a Period of Ineligibility (a Ban) may return to Sport. However, the athlete cannot compete in any competition until he or she has been in the Registered Test Pool for the Period of Ineligibility remaining at the date he or she retired. For example, if an athlete retires after serving 3-months of a two-year Period of Ineligibility then later advises that he or she wishes to return to sport, the athlete must serve the remaining 21-month period of ineligibility before he or she can compete in any competition. During that period of time, the athlete must go on the Registered Testing Pool and submit Whereabouts to enable DFSNZ to test him or her anywhere, anytime.
Coming out of Retirement
Should an athlete who has retired from representing New Zealand in their sport and removed him or herself from the RTP or NTP wish to return to sport, the athlete cannot represent New Zealand for a period of six (6) months from the date he or she has been re-entered into the Registered Testing Pool.
NOTE: The Rules of your International Federation (IF) may require a longer stand down period than DFSNZ has instituted. Please check your IF’s Rules which should be available on their website.
If you are in the Registered Testing Pool (RTP) or National Testing Pool (NTP) and you wish to retire you must contact Drug Free Sport NZ and advise either by phone (0800DRUGFREE (378 437)) or E-mail The Testing Team .
Drug Free Sport will send you information on retiring and a form for you to complete and return to us to confirm your retirement. Note that you will not be removed from the RTP or NTP until DFSNZ has received the completed form from you. If you are Notified for a drug test during this period it means that DFSNZ has not yet received your completed form and you must comply and undergo the test or face a possible two-year period of ineligibility (ban).
The World Anti-Doping Code and the NZ Sports Anti-Doping Rules have Articles in place regarding retirement of athletes to ensure athletes are not able to opt in and out of testing programmes as they wish. These Rules also affect athletes who retire and then later wish to return to competition at an elite level.