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Athlete Support Personnel - Rights and Responsibilities

Clean Sport matters. Both athletes and Athlete Support Personnel (ASP) have a role to play in protecting clean sport.

ASP are bound by the Anti-Doping Rules too. You need to be fully aware of what that means for you, and what you need to do.

The facts - what you need to know

The World Anti-Doping Code states the roles and responsibilities that ASP have in relation to anti-doping.

This means you must:

  • Know and comply with the Anti-Doping Rules, policies and practices that apply to you as well as those that apply to the athletes you support

  • Co-operate with the testing programme for athletes

  • Use your influence on athletes positively to foster clean sport values and behaviours

  • Tell UKAD and your International Federation if you have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation in the last 10 years

  • Co-operate with any doping investigation when asked to do so

  • Not use or possess any prohibited substance or prohibited method without a valid and justifiable reason

  • Take the opportunity to be educated on anti-doping matters either through UKAD, your National Governing Body, Sports Institution or Professional Association

  • Have conversations within your sporting environment on anti-doping and encourage regular engagement in clean sport activities and events

  • Familiarise yourself with the universal rights available to athletes within anti-doping, which are set out in the WADA Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act

  • Visit our Athlete Support Personnel hub for additional information

What that means for you

Anti-doping is complex and needs attention from all who are bound by the Anti-Doping Rules.

Remember, you too could face a ban from sport, not just the athletes. This in most cases is career ending.

Take your responsibilities towards anti-doping seriously and help those around you (practitioners and athletes) do the same.

There is no sympathy for ignorance or carelessness in anti-doping. Make sure you are up to date with everything you need to know to protect you and your athletes.