The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) is the latest organisation to work in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), developing a definitive commitment to clean sport.
BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK and its mission is to promote excellence within this field. By signing up to the statement, BASES are supporting the UKAD and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) position that “cheating, including doping, in sport is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport and undermines the otherwise positive impact of sport on society”.
BASES will work with UKAD to develop an education and information programme, supporting staff and members to operate within the anti-doping rules and help athletes to meet their anti-doping responsibilities. The aim is that all staff and members will not condone, assist or in any way support the use of prohibited substances and methods (unless permitted by a Therapeutic Use Exemption).
BASES members will also be expected to contact UKAD, in confidence, should they become aware of any athlete or NGB staff member considering the usage of a prohibited substance or prohibited method.
Chair of BASES Professor Ian Campbell said: “BASES is delighted to sign the Clean Sport commitment statement with UK Anti-Doping and to develop a good working relationship between our two organisations.
“As the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK, it is important for us to disseminate information to our members to ensure that they are fully aware of their own responsibilities. We are looking forward to developing a programme of education and awareness to ensure that our athlete support personnel are operating in line with the ethics of clean sport.”
UKAD Communications and Education Nicola Newman added: “The opportunity to engage with the largest network of sport and exercise scientists in the UK to help share key anti-doping advice, knowledge and resources makes this a really exciting partnership.
“This formal commitment will hopefully signal the start of a long and successful working relationship with a group of professionals who can play an active and prominent role in ensuring that a culture of clean sport exists in this country.”