UK Anti-Doping carried out anti-doping education for over 40 competitors from seven countries, ahead of the elite Paratriathlon race at the Dextro Energy ITU Triathlon World Championship in London at the weekend.
At the request of the International Triathlon Union (ITU), UK Anti-Doping addressed the key areas of the anti-doping process and advised athletes of their role and responsibilities during the 45 minute presentation, which also included a Q&A session. Team managers were also in attendance at the briefing.
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.
Subjects covered in London included the global structures of anti-doping, what to expect at Doping Control and the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) process – a means by which an athlete can obtain approval to use a prescribed prohibited substance or method for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition.
Athletes were in fact subject to Doping Control during the Paratriathlon on Saturday, which featured a 350m swim, a 10k bike and a 2.5k run in London’s Hyde Park, and therefore the briefing was a timely reminder for those who were required to submit a sample.
UK Anti-Doping’s Senior Education Officer, Jude Ford, said: “We were delighted to be approached by the ITU to address these athletes ahead of the Paratriathlon. We are very proud of the education programmes we provide for UK athletes and we were more than happy to open these up to an international audience. It was a successful session from our point of view and I hope that the athletes went away with an even greater knowledge of how anti-doping works and the role they play in that.”