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Monday 26, Jan 2015

  UK Anti-Doping And EIS To Work Together

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UK Anti-Doping And EIS To Work Together

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is working in partnership with the English Institute of Sport (EIS) for delivering mandatory anti-doping education to staff.

All front-line technical and operational staff are expected to undertake the Online Advisor Course of UK Anti-Doping to become an Accredited UKAD Advisor. In addition to this, all staff across the organization, whether employed or contracted, are asked to sign-up to an EIS Anti-Doping Code of Conduct. This collaboration will represent a positive step forward to ensure that Athlete Support Personnel (ASP) understand their enhanced role and responsibilities under the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code that came into force on 1 January 2015.

EIS National Director Nigel Walker said EIS has always been fully committed to clean sport and this new online training for our staff and contractors is of the utmost importance to ensure that everyone knows what their duties are so we can deliver the very best support to our elite athletes.

UK Anti-Doping Interim Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead added we are delighted that EIS has decided to introduce this training for their staff and contractors. Nicole added it demonstrates a robust commitment towards clean sport and a realization that everyone has an important role to play in protecting themselves and the athletes they support.

Under the 2015 Code, Athlete Support Personnel are required to be knowledgeable and comply fully with all anti-doping policies and use their influence in a positive way. They are expected to provide assistance for developing ethical standards, strong values, and foster anti-doping attitudes.

The English Institute of Sport works to improve sporting performance by delivery of science, medicine, technology, and engineering. The EIS delivers over 4,000 hours of support a week to over 1,700 athletes from over 30 sports and represents a significant percentage of the ASP across the high performance system.

Last month, UK Anti-Doping signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Crime Agency (NCA). This was done to set out clear guidelines for sharing information in the fight against the supply and trafficking of doping-related substances and activities in sport.

This development improved ability of UK Anti-Doping to prevent, deter, detect, and enforce any anti-doping rule violation in all sports under the World Anti-Doping Code. Information is to be shared with UK Anti-Doping by the NCA when it relates to the detection, deterrence, enforcement or prevention of an anti-doping rule violation while UK Anti-Doping will share information with the NCA when it relates to the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of serious organized crime, or the reduction of crime.

UK Anti-Doping Interim Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead had remarked we are delighted to formalize our already strong partnership with the NCA, strengthening our ability to tackle the supply chain of doping-related substances and intensify our activities in the global fight against doping in sport. Nicole added intelligence and investigations is an integral component of the revised 2015 World Anti-Doping Code and clean athletes should rest assured that UKAD is doing all it can to prevent doping activities and protect sport in the United Kingdom.

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Wednesday 10, Oct 2012

  Wheelchair Tennis Player Suspended By UK Anti-Doping

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Wheelchair Tennis Player Suspended By UK Anti-Doping

Wheelchair tennis player Anthony Carter of Great Britain has been suspended by the UK Anti-Doping for an anti-doping violation.

The 24-year-old Carter competed in the National Wheelchair Tennis Championships on 27 May 2012 and provided a urine sample for Doping Control purposes. This sample was submitted for analysis to the Drug Control Centre, Anti-Doping Science Centre, Harlow, a World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) accredited laboratory and it revealed the presence of 11-nor-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (cannabis) (the “Prohibited Substance”), which is included in the WADA 2012 Prohibited List (the “Prohibited List”) (Section S8).

On 6 July 2012, the UK Anti-Doping issued a notice of charge letter to the wheelchair tennis player and decided to suspend him for a period of three months, effective 13 July 2012. Carter, in the meanwhile, decided to take a voluntary provisional suspension at this time and waived a ‘B’ Sample test after admitting to the charge.

Carter also admitted the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation pursuant to Article C.1 of the Anti-Doping Rules. Carter said he suffered a serious accident in 2008 that resulted in lower limb paralysis and he used cannabis to assist with the alleviation of pain. His explanation was accepted by the UK Anti-Doping and there is therefore no dispute as between UK Anti-Doping and the Athlete as to the means of entry of cannabis into the Athlete’s system. It was asserted by Carter that he did not ingest cannabis with a view to enhancing his performance and the anti-doping agency doesn’t believe that cannabis is a substance that is capable of enhancing sporting performance in the sport of wheelchair tennis.

Carter was permanently confined to a wheelchair after he suffered spinal cord injuries in February 2008, resulting in him being paralyzed from the mid thoracic region of his spine down. The injury left him with no movement or sensation in the lower region of his body.

The British wheelchair tennis champion was assisted by the Woodley and Earley Lions Club that stepped in to help Carter purchase a standing wheelchair that means the art and design student can start claiming back his independence. Carter won the National Wheelchair Tennis Tournament Singles (Novice Division) in 2009 and the Doubles of the Belfast Open Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in September 2009. A COUGAR Powered Assisted Handcycle was given to Anthony Carter by Disability charity, Action For Kids, which provided almost £3,500 for the Handcycle. The equipment was provided on a permanent loan scheme and Action for Kids covers the cost of maintaining and servicing wheelchairs. Sally Bishop, Founder of Action For Kids, said the charity is pleased to help support young people such as Anthony and the new handcycle will offer him fantastic physical and emotional benefits.

Anthony Carter was ranked 464 in the world for wheelchair tennis by the International Tennis Federation, and is not part of the LTA wheelchair tennis Performance Team and received no anti-doping education and has never been previously tested and was not aware of the fact that cannabis was a prohibited substance within sport.

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