Drugs and Squash
In 2001 the Irish Sports Council launched its anti-
Bye Law 8 deals with the area of doping and the main points are as follows:
In the interest of fair play and health, the use of some substances is prohibited.
Irish Team and Squad players from U19 age group upwards are liable to dope testing at any time of the year.
Players can be tested at squads, at competitions or, in fact, anywhere!
Players testing positive for prohibited substances will be liable to serious sanctions imposed by the disciplinary committee of Irish Squash.
The substances which are prohibited are those on the International Olympic Committee List of Doping Classes and Methods as amended from time to time.
If you need to take medicine you will have to be very careful that it does not break the rules. All International and National players must be aware that in order to use either a restricted medication (e.g asthma inhalers or steroid creams or ointments) or a prohibited medication to treat a medical condition they must apply to the Irish Sports Council or the World Squash Federation for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).
If you are in competition and taking medicine, and you have to let your team coach or manager know. Be warned! This is a very serious area and it is up to you to make sure that you follow the rules. For further information on this topic or for a list of the banned substances follow the following links:
World Squash Position Statement 2012 (very slow link!)
Therapeutic Use Exemption Information