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Anti-Doping: The Big Picture

Globally, anti-doping is governed by WADA, whose mission is to ‘lead a collaborative worldwide movement for doping-free sport’. Created in 1999, WADA promotes, coordinates and monitors the fight against doping in sport in all its forms at the international level. WADA is governed and funded by the Olympic movement and governments worldwide.

The World Anti-Doping Code, created by WADA, is the document that harmonises anti-doping regulations, across all sports and all countries of the world. It is integral to ensure that athletes can expect fair competition wherever they participate.

Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel are required to follow the anti-doping rules of sports that adopt the Code. More information on The Code, including the eight International Standards, can be found on their website here.

In the UK, British Taekwondo Council works in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to prevent doping.  

UKAD is the national anti-doping agency for the UK, dedicated to protecting a culture of clean sport – it achieves this through implementing education and testing programmes, gathering and developing intelligence, and prosecuting those found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

UKAD is responsible for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code through the implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy.

100% me – Supporting Athletes to be Clean

100% me is UK Anti-Doping’s education programme for athletes – designed to provide information resources, education sessions and general advice to athletes throughout their sporting careers.

Find out about 100% me in the dedicated Athlete Zone of the UKAD website.

What is Strict Liability?

You are responsible – ‘strictly liable’ – for anything found in your system, regardless of how it got there or whether there was any intention to cheat.

To receive an Anti-Doping Rule Violation for use or presence of a prohibited substance, it is not necessary to demonstrate intent, fault, negligence or knowing use on your part.

It is not a defence against receiving an Anti-Doping Rule Violation that, for example, a coach or a member of athlete support personnel in your team gave you a substance; or that a prohibited substance was not listed on a product label; or that a prohibited substance or method would not have improved your performance.

Always be wary of substances that may contain similar endings to a named prohibited substance. For example, you will have heard of the prohibited substance Testosterone, so substances ending in ‘one’ are likely to have a similar chemical structure. Make sure you ask if you are unsure about a product, substance or ingredient.

 
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