Anti-doping preparations for teams heading to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are well underway, with a unified approach adopted across all four Home Countries for the first time.
UK Anti-Doping is working in partnership with sportscotland, Sport Northern Ireland and Sport Wales, coordinating efforts to protect clean athletes in the run up to the next multi-sport event to be hosted in the UK.
The partnership will see an extension to the existing National Trainer network, put in place by UK Anti-Doping in November 2011 to deliver the pre-Games education programmes for Team GB and ParalympicsGB heading to the London 2012 Games’. Each of the Home Countries mentioned have agreed to recruit their own National Trainers to manage and deliver the pre-Games education programme in their respective countries. Combined with UK Anti-Doping’s lead in England, this approach ensures local resources can be utilised and deployed effectively to meet the needs of athletes and athlete support personnel.
UK Anti-Doping will coordinate the programme, with all partners reporting centrally to manage risks. The aim of the programme will be to minimise the possibility of an inadvertent finding pre- and during the Games plus help to prevent deliberate doping.
UK Anti-Doping delivered National Trainer training in Edinburgh on 29 and 30 January to seven representatives from the Home Country Sports Councils.
UK Anti-Doping Education Manager Amanda Batt said: “Through the Education Delivery Network, our aim is to promote positive attitudes and values to ensure athletes support clean sport.
“It has been a pleasure to train and develop National Trainers from each of the Home Countries. Our collective aim is to deliver clean teams to the Games and to protect the integrity of sport in the UK.”
Mike Whittingham, sportscotland Director of High Performance, said: “sportscotland is committed to ensuring Scottish athletes and team personnel have access to a system of world class preparation and support.
“Our partnership with UK Anti-Doping will ensure we meet our shared objectives of preparing world class teams at the Glasgow, Sochi and Rio Games.
“It is vital that Scottish Governing Bodies utilise this free resource and work with us to make sure every athlete has the required knowledge and skills to avoid risk. Fundamentally, our investment will help us secure a clean Games in Glasgow and Sochi.”
Wendy Henderson, Sport Northern Ireland Anti-Doping Education Officer, added: “We’re appreciative of the support UK Anti-Doping has provided to the Pure Winner programme in Northern Ireland. This is a great opportunity to work together to promote clean sport and to minimise and manage the risks of doping in Northern Ireland.
“It is great that Sport Northern Ireland Pure Winner tutors are achieving National Trainer status as they are now able to provide additional support to athletes and support personnel in such a specialist area.”