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UK Anti-Doping is to receive an additional £6 million of funding over two years from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to further strengthen its armoury in the fight against doping, Sports Minister Tracey Crouch announced.
The move comes after the first full-scale review of the organisation since it was set up in 2009.
UK Anti-Doping Chair Trevor Pearce said: “We are delighted at the news from DCMS today, to significantly increase the funding available to UKAD for the next two years.
“This clear commitment to clean sport from government will allow us to increase the effectiveness of our current investigation, testing and education programmes, and also importantly to expand our investment into new approaches in the fight against doping.
“We look forward to working with DCMS on the implementation of recommendations for UKAD and we share their ambition for the UK to lead the world in Anti-Doping.”
The tailored review of UKAD has also resulted in a number of recommendations to help make further progress in the fight for clean sport.
The move means that over the next two years UKAD’s budget will be increased by around 50 per cent to help it implement the recommendations in the tailored review.
Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said: “We must do all we can to make sure sport is free from doping and that players and fans are confident that there is a level playing field.
“This £6 million additional funding for UKAD will help us take the fight even harder to those trying to cheat through doping. It will also help educate people at all levels of sport about the dangers of image and performance enhancing drugs and maintain UKAD’s standing as one of the leading anti-doping agencies in the world.”
UKAD will now work with the DCMS on the specifics of what the additional £6.1 million will be spent on.