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All athletes have the right to compete in sport knowing that they, and their competitors, are clean. The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland (CANI) believe in clean Canoeing and work in partnership with Sport NI, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), British Canoeing and Canoeing Ireland to ensure that the integrity of canoeing is protected.

The use of performance-enhancing drugs and other doping behaviour severely damages the legitimacy of sport and undermines the integrity of clean athletes.

Anti-Doping Rules

In the area of Anti-Doping, the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland defers to the jurisdiction of British Canoeing. The Anti-Doping rules of British Canoeing apply to the sport of Canoeing in Northern Ireland and the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland shall recognize and take all the necessary steps to give full force and effect within its jurisdiction to the Anti-Doping rules; and to any sanction(s) imposed under the Anti-Doping Rules.

If you are a member of CANI then the anti-doping rules apply to you, regardless of what level you participate at

 Click here for the UK Anti-Doping Rules

Click here for the Irish Sport Council Anti-Doping Rules

Click here for British Canoeing’s Anti-Doping Policy

There are many organisations that work hard to protect sport. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is responsible for leading the collaborative world-wide campaign for clean sport. Established in 1999 as an independent agency and funded by both sport and governments, it manages the development of the World Anti-Doping Code. The Code aims to harmonise all anti-doping policies ensuring that athletes and athlete support personnel are treated fairly and consistently.

The aims of the 2015 Code and WADA are to:

  • protect the Athletes’ fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and thus promote health, fairness and equality for Athletes worldwide, and
  • ensure harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programmes at the international and national level with regard to detection, deterrence and prevention of doping

CANI as part of British Canoeing works in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to prevent doping.  If athletes represent Ireland they must comply with the Irish Sports Council Anti-Doping Programme.

UKAD is the national anti-doping agency for the UK, dedicated to protecting a culture of clean sport – it achieves this through implementing education and testing programmes, gathering and developing intelligence, and prosecuting those found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

UKAD is responsible for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code through the implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy.

Know Where to Look for Support and Advice

Please do not hesitate to ask questions about the anti-doping rules. As well as asking CANI, coaches and athlete support personnel, you may also contact UKAD directly, who will be able to answer any questions and provide guidance.

We all have a responsibility to report doping in sport and help keep it clean. A 24-hour dedicated phone line, hosted by Crime stoppers, is ready to take your call if you have any suspicions or concerns about incidences of doping in sport. You can provide information in complete confidence by calling 08000 32 23 32 or via a secure website. All information is passed securely to UKAD’s intelligence unit for investigation.

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For further information please contact Kieran Dews CANI’s Anti-Doping Lead