Win Clean in the UK

If you’re competing or training in the UK you need to abide the anti-doping rules of the event you are competing in or those of your International Federation. 

The UK is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is responsible for making sure that sport in the UK is clean. UKAD may test athletes visiting the UK.

The 10 Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs)
It is well known that athletes who test positive for a prohibited substance can receive a ban from their sport. However, there are 10 ADRVs which could result in a ban.

1. Test positive for a prohibited substance or method
2. Use or attempt to use a prohibited substance or method
3. Refuse or fail to provide a sample once selected
4. Miss tests or fail to disclose accurate athlete Whereabouts on three occasions in a 12-month period
5. Make any attempt to tamper with the doping control process
6. Possess a prohibited substance or method
7. Traffic a prohibited substance or method
8. Make any attempt to administer a prohibited substance or method to an athlete, or to assist, encourage, aid, abet or cover up an ADRV
9. Help someone to commit an anti-doping rule violation or avoid detection
10. Be associated with athlete support personnel who have been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation or criminal or disciplinary offence equivalent to an anti-doping rule violation

All athlete support personnel – coaches, doctors or physiotherapists, for example – can also be sanctioned for ADRVs 5 -10 listed above.

Strict Liability
The Anti-Doping Code works on the principle of Strict Liability: athletes are solely responsible for any prohibited substance found in their system, whether there was an intention to cheat or not.

This means that if an athlete ingests a prohibited substance, whether accidental or otherwise, then they may face a ban. Strict Liability also means that you cannot use the excuse that someone else – your coach or another athlete – told you to use the substance.

Your body, your responsibility is the most important rule for any athlete competing under the anti-doping rules in the UK.

Testing Athletes
UKAD may test athletes who are in the UK, whether they are here to compete or train. If UKAD notifies an athlete for testing they must cooperate. Refusing a test may have consequences for your career.

While you are in the UK, the anti-doping organisation for your own country also has the right to select you for testing. Again, you need to cooperate.

If you are taking part in a major event – the Olympics or a World Championship, for example – then the organisers of that event will have jurisdiction over athlete testing.

Eight Things You Need to Know
• The fight against doping is world-wide, the Code and International Standards are in place to ensure a level-playing field
• The UK does not tolerate doping in any form: those cheating will be caught
• Win Clean helps athletes to compete clean. Check out the Athlete section to see how we can support you
• We all love sport and want to protect it, testing makes sure that all those competing ‘Win Clean’
• Strict Liability matters: you are responsible, so take no chances
• Make sure you know what’s on the Prohibited List, check all medications before you take them
• There are 10 anti-doping rule violations, it’s not just a positive test that can result in a ban
• For each major competition, make sure you are aware of who will be responsible for testing and always check the competition rules for anti-doping

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