UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has today released its Annual Report for 2014/2015, marking the fifth full year of operation for UKAD, and another year of significant delivery and development for the UK’s National Anti-Doping Organisation.
A key activity during the year was the implementation of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code which came into force on 1 January 2015.
Agreed at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg in November 2013, the 2015 Code not only allows for stricter penalties but mandates National Anti-Doping Organisations to use intelligence in the investigation of anti-doping rule violations. This is an area in which UKAD excels and in which there have been major successes in prosecuting not just athletes but also athlete support personnel.
The major event of the year was the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in August for which UKAD delivered, in partnership with the sports’ governing bodies, the largest pre-Games education programme in the UK, reaching the athletes of all four home nation teams face to face, well in advance of their arrival at the Games Village.
UKAD also provided the sample collection services on behalf of Glasgow 2014 and a number of staff and Doping Control Personnel were able to build on the skills and experience gained at London 2012 or the Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games 2014, with many based in Glasgow for the duration of the event.
One of the most significant changes for UKAD in 2014/2015 was the change in Chief Executive; with Andy Parkinson moving to British Rowing.
Andy led the anti-doping programme in UK Sport and played a pivotal role on the project team set up to create UKAD, becoming the first Chief Executive in late 2009.
For five years he worked successfully to make UKAD one of the leading Anti-Doping Organisations in the world and is acknowledged as an expert in anti-doping and has promoted the interests of the UK in many international arenas.
Following a global search for a replacement Chief Executive, UKAD appointed Nicole Sapstead in March 2015. Nicole brings over fifteen years of experience in anti-doping to this important role.
Formerly UKAD’s Director of Operations, Nicole has successfully led anti-doping teams at some of the world’s biggest sporting events and has introduced new ways of combating doping in sport, including the establishment of UKAD’s Intelligence unit which is now integral to anti-doping work in the UK.
Partnerships with international Anti-Doping Organisations continue to be crucial to UKAD and in January UKAD signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japanese Anti-Doping Agency (JADA).The aim of the Memorandum is to share UKAD’s experiences of London 2012 and the 2015 Rugby World Cup as JADA works towards hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
To further UKAD’s international influence, and to learn from others, UKAD again co-hosted the annual Tackling Doping in Sport conference in March at The Emirates Stadium in London and played an active role at the annual WADA Anti-Doping Symposium in Lausanne.