Clean sport and the right to compete on a level playing field are as important now as they have ever been. UK Anti-Doping’s aim, working in partnership with UK NGBs, is to ensure that sport is protected from the threat of doping and that athletes’ right to compete against other clean athletes is upheld.
Anti-doping, like sport, is governed by rules. From 1 January 2015 a new World Anti-Doping Code (2015 Code) comes into effect. This means that internationally, everyone will be working to a new set of anti-doping rules and this will guide the anti-doping programmes in each country. As a member of a UK NGB, anti-doping rules apply to you too.
The 2015 Code has increased the number of anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) and places a greater emphasis on both Athlete Support Personnel (ASP) and the importance of anti-doping education. It is vital that you understand the 2015 Code and its implications.
Those who choose to deliberately commit an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) from 01 Jan 2015 will face a four year ban as the minimum sanction for cheating.
However, the 2015 Code also has less sympathy for ignorance and silly mistakes – inadvertent doping will be treated less leniently – the penalty is likely to be a two year ban.
Remember that it is not just a positive test by an athlete that is an ADRV and from 01 Jan 2015 in addition to the current 8 ADRVs there will be 2 new ADRVS;
- Prohibited Association
Not knowing is not an excuse. So, you need to make sure that you have the required anti-doping working knowledge you need to avoid falling foul of the rules.
For more information, please read the attached 2015 Anti-Doping Code.