About Anti-Doping

Because of the strongly held belief that our sport must be kept clean of those practices that could destroy the sense of what athletes do and their integrity, the IFSC committed itself to the fight against doping from the very beginning. It works in close relationship with the guidelines provided by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).


The use of doping substances or doping methods to enhance performance is fundamentally wrong and is detrimental to the overall spirit of sport. Drug misuse can be harmful to an athlete's health and to other athletes competing in the sport. It severely damages the integrity, image and value of sport, whether or not the motivation to use drugs is to improve performance.

To achieve integrity and fairness in sport, a commitment to a clean field of play is critical. The IFSC is committed to the eradication of doping from sport and to protecting clean athletes. Doping can be harmful to the athletes’ health, damages the integrity of sport, and is morally and ethically wrong. All athletes participating in IFSC competitions must abide by the IFSC Anti-Doping Rules.

According to the International Standard for Education (ISE), values-based education means “delivering activities that emphasize the development of an individual's personal values and principles. It builds the learner's capacity to make decisions to behave ethically”. In this way, the IFSC approaches anti-doping education by addressing emotions, motives, attitudes and values and by fostering moral competencies.


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the independent international body responsible for harmonising anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries. The World Anti-Doping Code is the core document that harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organisations around the world. The Code is supplemented by eight International Standards, including the Prohibited List that is updated at least annually.

As a Signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code, IFSC is responsible for implementing an effective and Code-compliant anti-doping program for the sport of Sport Climbing.

The IFSC also has its own set of anti-doping rules and it is important that those involved in the sport are familiar with them. These rules can be found here: (insert link to IF anti-doping rules).

IFSC has delegated the management of some elements of the clean sport activities to the International Testing Agency (ITA), an independent organisation that manages anti-doping programs on behalf of International Federations and Major Event Organisers.

WADA, IFSC, the ITA and the National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) coordinate all anti-doping efforts within the sport of IFSC.

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