The Anti-Doping Rules
Just 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 WADA Code as breaking one or more of the Anti-Doping Rule Violations.
It is much more than a positive test.
You will find the current UK Anti-Doping Rules below.
An amended version of the UK Anti-Doping Rules will come into effect from October 1 2019. The amended version can also be found below, along with a comparison document highlighting the changes.
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) apply to athlete support personnel.
- Evading, refusing
- Whereabouts failures
- Tampering or attempted tampering
- Trafficking or attempted trafficking
- Administration, aiding, abetting
- Prohibited Association
What that means for you
Refusing a test, as an example, could lead to 4-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.
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