Anti-Doping activities of International Soft Tennis Federation(ISTF)

ISTF Anti-Doping Rules was approved by the General Assembly of ISTF which took place in Anseong, Korea in 2007.
As explained by the General Assembly of ISTF in Mungyeong Korea in 2011, the following activities have been made.

(1)   ISTF Doping Hearing Panel was established.

This Panel is to judge “violated or not violated” when there is doubt of doping through doping testing and to judge what consequence has to be posed when it is judged as “violated”.
The Doping Hearing Panel was established with the following members in 2011.

Chairman: Professor (Ms.) Rieko Yamashita (Japan)
Member: Dr.(Ms.) Yoshiko Fujishima (Japan)
Mr. Chuluun Nasanbat (Mongolia)
Mr. Myungsu Kim (Korea)
Mr. Yu Zhu (China)

(2)   TUE(Therapeutic Use Exemption) Committee was established.

An athlete may have an illness or condition that requires a particular medication. If this medication appears on the Prohibited List, the athlete may be granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) which gives the athlete permission to take it through request by filling TUE form. This Committee is to examine and control the request.

TUE Committee was established with the following members in 2011.

Chairman: Dr.(Mr.)Kang Kiwon (Korea)
Member:  Dr.(Mr.)Hironori Nagai (Japan)
Dr.(Ms).Yoshiko Fujishima ( Japan )

(3)   RTP (Registered Testing Pool) list is provided.

All athletes listed in RTP need to provide whereabouts details so that anti-doping

authorities can ensure all athletes play true through in-competition testing and out-of-competition testing which may be made in a training place, a working place etc at any time without pre-notice. If an athlete rejects to have the testing, he/she is considers as violator.

Registered Testing Pool Athlete (RTPA) has obligation to submit whereabouts information every 3 months. In accordance with this information out-of-competition testing is made.

RTPA is provided by Korea and Japan at the first stage. The whereabouts information is maintained under the supervision of ISTF. Whereabouts information from other countries than Korea and Japan is expected to be received as well from now on.

(4) In-Competition testing

Testing is to be made to athletes at an International Competition.

(5)   Out-of-Competition testing

Testing is to be made to RTPA according to his/her whereabouts information.

(6)   Education for anti-doping activities

In parallel with anti-doping activities by member countries, ISTF is promoting education for anti-doping to athletes of member countries.
In 2011 the joint education activity ISTF Soft Tennis Camp was held in
Hiroshima , Japan in July in 2011, where outline of the anti-doping and the testing procedures were lectured to mainly athletes from Korea , Mongol and Japan .
Continuous education activities such as
- training camp organized by ISTF
- distribution of the latest information of anti-doping to member countries
- maintenance of whereabouts information of RTPA
are made from now on as well.

(7)   PR of the anti-doping activities

ISTF made balls printed with the logo of “Say No to Doping!” which is proposed by WADA and ISTF makes PR activities, for example, by using the balls on each event.


The full contents of ISTF (International Soft Tennis Federation) Anti-Doping Rules can be found below in pdf format.



The Latest WADA Code can be found below in pdf format.

       (PDF) World Anti-Doping Rule 2015

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