Protecting the Right to Enjoy Doping-Free Sport

Athlete Support Personnel (2015 Code)

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The role of athlete support personnel in sport is recognised in the 2015 Code

This is the place where anyone who works with athletes, whether you are a coach, physio or parent/guardian, can find out everything you need to know about the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code.

Clean sport is UKAD’s vision and athletes are at the core of everything we do. You have an integral role to play in sport and this has been recognised in the 2015 Code. New responsibilities, specifically focus on ensuring you support athletes to be and stay clean. We recognise that the 2015 Code is a complex document and we want to help you with those areas relevant to your work.

Key World Anti-Doping Code Changes

How You Are Affected

Complicity and prohibited association are two new anti-doping rule violations (ADRV):

  • New ADRV: Complicity

If you help to cover up, are involved in, or support someone else to avoid being detected for an ADRV, you will face a ban.

  • New ADRV: Prohibited Association

If you are a coach, doctor or physio who has either been found guilty of an ADRV, or a criminal, or disciplinary offence equivalent to an ADRV (such as providing banned substances), you will be required to stop any association. They may face a ban of up to two years if they continue to work with you.

In addition:

  • You are not allowed to use or possess any banned substances unless for a valid medical reason
  • You will be investigated by anti-doping organisations if an athlete you support who is a minor is found to have committed an ADRV, or if more than two athletes you work with have committed an ADRV

Where to Find More Information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For more information contact the Education Team via