The Anti-Doping Rules

Icon for an anti-doping rule violationJust as each sport has rules to determine how it is played or performed, there are Anti-Doping Rules in place to protect clean sport.

Doping is defined in the World Anti-Doping Code as the occurrence of one or more of the Anti-Doping Rule Violations. 

It's much more than a positive test.

You will find the current UK Anti-Doping Rules below. 

The facts - what you need to know about the 10 Anti-Doping Rule Violations

There are 10 Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). All 10 apply to athletes and six (in bold) also apply to athlete support personnel.

  • Presence

  • Use

  • Evading, refusing

  • Whereabouts failures

  • Tampering or attempted tampering

  • Possession

  • Trafficking or attempted trafficking

  • Administration, aiding, abetting

  • Complicity

  • Prohibited Association

What that means for you

Athletes need to make sure they are fully aware of ALL the Anti-Doping Rule Violations and what the consequences are for breaking them.

Refusing a test, as an example, could lead to four-year ban.

And remember, ADRVs are just like the rules in sport - it’s out or it’s in, it’s an official time or it’s not - but that is not everything.

Clean sport is more than rules - it is also how you train and compete in sport, and how you conduct yourself both on and off the field of play.

What you should do

  • Make sure you, your fellow athletes and your support personnel know what the ADRVs are and who they apply to

  • Review your current sporting and life habits to check you are not at risk of inadvertently doping

  • Be fully aware of the consequences of ‘not doing’ something – be that not checking your medications, not managing the risks with supplements, not taking/refusing to take a test, or not understanding that social drugs are banned too. All these could lead to a ban from sport

  • Recognise that you are a role model and younger athletes, or sport fans will look up to you. Protect ‘brand you’, your sporting career and reputation

  • Download the 100% me Clean Sport App (Apple, Android)

Where to go for further advice

  • Check your National Governing Body’s website for more information on your sports anti-doping rules

  • Follow @ukantidoping on Twitter to stay up to date with new cases and alerts