IPF Article 14
As this is a delicate matter, we want to provide the correct interpretation of the IPF rule on when and how Article 14 is applied to avoid misunderstanding and to be as fully transparent as possible.
Most importantly, once an athlete, coach, official, or referee participates in a Powerlifting America event, they shall be bound by all Rules and Regulations of the International Powerlifting Federation. Until this point, neither the IPF nor Powerlifting America retains jurisdiction over anyone who is NOT currently a member.
For example, if an athlete, coach, and/or referee, while a member of Powerlifting America, takes part in a non-WADA-recognized event, they shall render themselves ineligible for 12 months (only at National and International Championships).
Overall, the responsibility to ensure compliance rests with each individual. If you’re unsure, please email the Powerlifting America National Office here: [email protected]
PARTICIPATION IN NON-COMPLIANT ANTI-DOPING EVENTS
Any athlete, coach, referee or official who competes or participates in an International Powerlifting or Bench Press event not organised, sanctioned, or approved by the IPF shall not be permitted to take part in any IPF international, regional or national event for a period of 12 months from the date of that non-approved event.
Any athlete, coach, referee or official that participates in any competition or Event which is organized by a Sporting Body, Federation or Organisation that has not received recognition from the World Anti-Doping Agency and is thus non-compliant with the Code and International Standards shall be automatically rendered ineligible and shall not be permitted to take part in an authorized National or International Powerlifting or Bench Press Event for a period of 12 months from the date of the last non-compliant Event. Should the athlete, coach, referee or official participate in an unauthorized Powerlifting or Bench Press Event prior to the lapse of the 12 months, he/she may be sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of an additional 12 months from the date of the non-compliant Event. In the case of a second infringement for such participation, the period of ineligibility may be a maximum of 24 months. The decision to extend the period of ineligibility will be at the sole discretion of the Anti-Doping Commission.https://www.powerlifting.sport/fileadmin/ipf/data/about-ipf/constitution-by-laws/IPF_Constitution_25.3.2021_after_EGA_vote_ver._2.0.pdf