With women’s boxing due to make its bow at the London 2012 Olympic Games, UK Anti-Doping recently visited the British women’s squad to deliver an anti-doping education session.
At the request of the national governing body, UK Anti-Doping addressed around 30 boxers, giving them an introduction to anti-doping and the responsibilities that come with it.
Through its 100% me education programme, UK Anti-Doping promotes and encourages personal responsibility when it comes to doping in sport. The programme provides an opportunity for sports to create and inspire a generation of athletes and players to realise they can be successful without misusing prohibited substances and methods.
Those in attendance learnt more about the key areas of the anti-doping process and the role they will need to play as they prepare for competition in London in two years time. From what to expect at Doping Control to Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) and the Prohibited List, the session provided a valuable opportunity to educate and inform the group about UK Anti-Doping and the resources it can provide to assist them.
In addition, the adverse effects of doping were also highlighted – not just the obvious detrimental effect it has on a career, but also the health risks taken by those who choose to cheat.
UK Anti-Doping’s Senior Education Officer, Jude Ford, said: “We were very pleased that we were asked to come up to Bradford and talk to the women’s squad. Anti-doping is a relatively new subject to many of these boxers and we cannot stress the importance of education in such circumstances. As the national anti-doping organisation, we have a duty to those who are subject to testing. If we expect athletes to co-operate with us then we must be seen to do the same. By delivering this session we have hopefully helped those present further understand not only what is expected of them, but what they can expect of us as well.”