The Win Clean education campaign has been prominent at a number of recent events around the UK, providing visiting international competitors with anti-doping education and advice, including at the PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final in London.
The campaign - managed by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) - provides UK-specific advice and guidance on how to avoid inadvertent doping whilst visiting, and what tools are available to international athletes to help them stay clean.
In August the team visited Glasgow, host city of next year’s Commonwealth Games, for the World Youth Netball Championships. Win Clean were commissioned by the International Netball Federation (INF) to develop and provide an awareness programme for all attending the event. In total Win Clean engaged with 325 young athletes and 85 athlete support personnel.
INF Chief Executive Officer Urvasi Naidoo said: “It is very important to the INF that netball is a drug-free sport and we therefore really welcomed this opportunity to partner with UKAD to offer our under-21 athletes some anti-doping education.”
At the beginning of September, Win Clean provided a series of resources to the IBSA Goalball European C Mens Championships taking place at the University of Worcester. Players from ten competing nations were given access to anti-doping information, including how to check medications purchased in the UK against the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, and details about testing procedures while in the country. Win Clean supported a total of 50 players from a range of European countries.
Later in the month Win Clean ventured to Hyde Park, London, for the PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final. The Win Clean team, comprising UKAD staff and national trainers, were commissioned by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) to provide education sessions for the paratriathletes and manage an anti-doping outreach stand for the duration of the event. Here anti-doping advice was given to competitors and support personnel from 25 countries and time was also spent with the general public updating them on anti-doping practices in the UK.
ITU Anti-Doping Director Leslie Buchanan said: “The ITU is thrilled that the athletes, coaches, and spectators at the PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final had an opportunity to participate in the Win Clean activities provided by UKAD.
“This most recent partnership between ITU and UKAD bodes well for keeping the sport of triathlon clean as UKAD's Win Clean programme is a world leader in anti-doping education.
“ITU was fortunate to have the Win Clean team on site in Hyde Park to maximize exposure to all of the participants from the over 80 countries which took part in the Triathlon World Championship races.”
Win Clean will be present at the Rugby League World Cup, which is being held across the UK between 26 October – 30 November, to provide anti-doping advice to the world’s top rugby league playing nations.
UKAD Head of Education and Athlete Support Amanda Batt said: “These events have provided us with opportunities to engage with a broad range of international athletes and their support staff.
“The response we received at each event has been extremely positive. In return, we have shared new and useful information that will help raise awareness of every athlete’s anti-doping rights and responsibilities.
“We look forward to working with these and other international partners in the future, supporting their efforts to protect sport through the education of its members.”