British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) has worked in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to develop a Clean Sport commitment statement, demonstrating that doping-free sport is at the core of the organisation’s values.
By adopting the statement, BUCS pledges to support 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”.
Sports organisations such as BUCS cannot directly sign-up to the UK anti-doping policy, however UKAD fully supports partners publically declaring their commitment to Clean Sport.
As part of the ongoing relationship, UKAD will work with the BUCS teams heading to the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia, providing education to the 117 British athletes and 53 support personnel heading to Russia later this summer.
UK Anti-Doping Education Manager Amanda Batt said: “University sport is a vital part of the development of British sporting talent. Looking at the number of elite-level athletes to have come through the BUCS competition structure, this is a great step for clean sport in this country. By undertaking this formal commitment between our two organisations, we are underlining the importance of promoting positive values throughout an athlete’s career.
“We will deliver education and information resources to provide athletes and support personnel with the necessary anti-doping information to compete clean throughout their sporting careers.”
BUCS Head of International Programmes Neil Rogers added: “BUCS is committed to enhancing the student experience and providing opportunities to our athletes that benefit them in their development.
"The World University Games gives athletes an experience most akin to the Olympics than any other so we are delighted to be working with UKAD to provide our athletes with the best support and education for this competition and during this very important stage of their career”.
Notes to Editors:
UK Anti-Doping is the National Anti-Doping Organisation for the UK.
UK Anti-Doping has responsibility for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code through implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy.
UK Anti-Doping’s functions include an education and information programme, athlete testing across more than 40 sports, intelligence management and exclusive results management authority for the determination of anti-doping rule violations.
British Universities & Colleges Sport
British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the National Governing Body for Higher Education Sport in the UK.
BUCS vision is to enhance the student experience through sport, to support and promote the lifestyle and educational benefits to communities and individuals of taking part in sport, and to provide outstanding opportunities to all students to engage in sport and related activity in higher education.
The BUCS sporting programme is available to 2.3 million students across the UK with over 100,000 regularly competing in BUCS competitions, leagues and events.
BUCS is the GB member organisation of FISU, the International University Sports Federation, and responsible for delivery of World University competitions for Great Britain & Northern Ireland.