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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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Thursday 02, Oct 2014

  Clean Sport Forum 2014 Emphasizes On 2015 Code Implementation

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Over 100 attendees from across the sporting landscape met at Lord’s Cricket Ground on September 25 in London. This meeting was made to discuss preparations for the implementation of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code.

The fourth annual forum provided the opportunity for UK Anti-Doping to update important stakeholders on the recent developments within anti-doping. It also facilitated UK Anti-Doping to communicate best practice advice across a wide range of areas. This one-day event allowed delegates to share their experiences with network, colleagues, and know more about how UK Anti-Doping can help protect their sport.

European and Commonwealth silver medalist Lynsey Sharp spoke about her experiences of the anti-doping system. Lynsey remarked doping has had a massive effect on her career so far, but she looks forward to the positive impact the 2015 Code will have in the years to come.

UKAD Chief Executive Andy Parkinson emphasized on the importance of collective responsibility to make sure successful implementation of the WADA 2015 Code. Delegates, including Commonwealth Games England Deputy Chef de Mission Graeme Dell and England Boxing Chief Executive Mark Abberley, also heard from other speakers about the possible impact of the WADA 2015 Code on their organizations.

UKAD Chief Executive Andy Parkinson also remarked this is a busy time for anti-doping with the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code coming into effect in three months, along with a revised set of UK Anti-Doping Rules. He remarked to implement these changes effectively will require a collective effort from all our partners in the UK, across every sport. The UKAD Chief Executive added this year’s Forum was about ensuring sports have a clear understanding about their responsibility in this process, and take away best practice examples of how to manage the impact of changes. Parkinson also said the enthusiasm of attendees was really positive, particularly during the closed CEO Forum and added it is imperative that this level of interest is maintained so that every sport has an effective anti-doping strategy that will help minimize the risk of doping in the UK.

In another development, sport medical personnel working with some of the leading athletes of the UK met on September 15, 2014 for the inaugural UK Anti-Doping Athlete Support Personnel (ASP) Forum. This forum promotes and encourages transfer of knowledge within the athlete support community. It also ensures that Anti-Doping Athlete Support Personnel recognize and understand their important role in keeping sport clean. UKAD Director of Communications and Education Nicola Newman said UKAD appreciates the vital role athlete support personnel play in promoting the values of clean sport and the trust athletes place in them to provide accurate and clear anti-doping advice. Newman added this Forum was an important opportunity to engage with this group and ensure they appreciate their expanded role and responsibilities ahead of the 2015 Code. British Olympic Association (BOA) Intensive Rehabilitation Unit Manager James Moore said the event has attracted such a wide variety of sports and some of the best people in their disciplines. Moore added he thinks it is great UKAD has initiated this and engaged with this group.

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Sunday 06, Jul 2014

  Sporting Community Must Maintain Its Support For Substantial Assistance

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UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson recently emphasized on the importance of substantial assistance and why sporting community must maintain its support for it in a serious fight against doping.

Parkinson remarked the world will have a new anti-doping Code from January 1, 2015 and the purpose of these rules is to bind sports, anti-doping organizations, athletes and athlete support personnel to an agreed approach to tackling the global problem of doping in sport. The UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive added this New Code reinforces accepted principles and practices from the past decade and introduces new ways in which all those involved in sport can protect athletes at risk of making the wrong decision.

The UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive went on to add that the first thing to recognize is that a doping athlete does not always, or indeed normally, work in isolation and added that all too often we see that the athlete is just the tip of an iceberg of highly profitable and illegal activities. He further remarked this is why we work with law enforcement agencies, to shape our understanding of the trafficking, importation and manufacture of performance-enhancing substances and this information influences how, when and who we might pursue, and where our focus needs to lie and added that sufficient evidence can lead, and has done in many jurisdictions including in the UK, to the successful prosecution of both athletes and their entourage.

Parkinson also said it follows that those that we catch can also provide us with invaluable information and evidence, such as how they sourced doping substances, or who else was involved and this can help us prevent other athletes going down a similar path in the future and can assist all anti-doping organizations in refining their strategies to prevent doping. He also said the Code states that, if the information provided does not result in such an outcome, the suspension can be lifted with the original ban returned and this provision exists in the current rules and will remain largely unchanged from 1 January 2015, except for one significant modification where, in truly exceptional circumstances, the World Anti-Doping Agency may agree the suspension of bans greater than those permitted to be agreed by other anti-doping organizations.

While explaining the role of substantial assistance, Parkinson added we understand that this is sometimes a difficult concept to support, the idea of lessening a doper’s ban in return for information but remarked if we really want to prevent doping, we must recognize that as the end user, the doping athlete may not be exclusively culpable for their activities. He also said athletes regularly tell us that the entourage involved in doping need to be held to account and substantial assistance offers one means to receive the evidence to achieve this aim.

UKAD Chief Executive Andy Parkinson added that recent media coverage shows varying degrees of understanding and acceptance of the World Anti-Doping Code provision for substantial assistance, a tool that allows for credit to be given to athletes and support personnel who assist anti-doping organizations pursue others involved in doping. He said in any such situation, part of a ban imposed on an individual can be suspended on the basis that information provided results in discovering or establishing an anti-doping rule violation or criminal conviction of another person.

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Tuesday 10, Jun 2014

  No Excuse Policy For Athletes Caught Doping, Says WADA President

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No Excuse Policy For Athletes Caught Doping, Says WADA President

Sir Craig Reedie, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has issued a warning to Glasgow 2014 competitors to beware of the dangers of supplements. Reedie said testers adopt a ‘no excuses’ policy and expressed frustration with athletes who continue to put their trust in unregulated nutritional shakes and mixes.

The former British Olympic Association chairman said he can understand why athletes take these things, because they will do anything to get an edge and improve their performance but it is extremely dangerous. Reedie added he means there is a clearly an issue at the moment with supplements and the supplements business the world over is almost entirely unregulated. The WADA President added it is important to get control of what people put in these things, because athletes will keep taking supplements. He went on to add that very experienced athletes take them – and, in many ways, they shouldn’t and if they must take them, they have to make sure that what they are taking is absolutely clear.

Reedie brought forward the example of a German athlete in Sochi, someone who had been to two Olympic Games, should know exactly what she was doing but one of her friends said: “Oh, you should take this supplement” and so she used it. Reedie added it is that kind of occasional weakness that can cause a real problem and if they are determined to take supplements, they should know that they are clean. The WADA chief added the new world-wide code coming into place next year will deal rather more accurately with what you would describe as minor offences but basically the principle of strict liability still applies.

Nicola Newman, UKAD’s director of communications and education, said our two aims are never to get a positive test at a major event from a British athlete and to stop a serious doper from competing. Nicola added that is our goal, although we can’t guarantee it. The UKAD’s director of communications and education added “No excuses” is another phrase for us and we don’t want anybody to feel they lacked the knowledge they needed and went on to add that we are working really hard with federations and sports to make sure they all understand the risks. Nicola also remarked that the ongoing message that we’re giving to these athletes is predominantly around not making a mistake or getting a positive test because they didn’t understand. Newman added we worked with some of these sports in Delhi (the last Commonwealth Games, in 2010) and some of them were incredibly nervous about the implications of providing a sample so we ran mock testing with them. It was added that we showed them exactly what happens and it is not necessarily normal but it’s definitely necessary.

UK Anti-Doping will run the testing program in Glasgow and it will deliver a mandatory education program to all Home Nations teams during the run-in to the Games. All athletes selected to compete at the Games, as well as more than 200 coaches, must sign up to the education program of UK Anti-Doping. This is made necessary for ensuring that they do not make an innocent mistake by taking an illegal supplement or medication.

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Tuesday 27, May 2014

  Clean Sport Commitment Statement Signed By Kelly Holmes Education

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Clean Sport Commitment Statement Signed By Kelly Holmes Education

Kelly Holmes Education has become the latest organization to pledge its efforts for supporting doping-free sport after developing their Clean Sport commitment statement.

With this announcement, Kelly Holmes Education has adopted stance of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and United Kingdom Anti-Doping (UKAD) that cheating, including doping, in sport is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport and undermines the otherwise positive impact of sport on society.

In 2004, double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes established the Foundation that has created and delivered education programs and mentoring to the next generation of elite sports performers ever since then. In 2012, more than 2,000 athletes, parents, and support personnel were educated face-to-face through the 100% me program of UK Anti-Doping. All the participants in the expanding Kelly Holmes Education programs will now be part of this commitment to Clean Sport.

The 100% me program is an initiative by UK Anti-Doping to help athletes being true athletes and emphasize on hard work, passion, determination, integrity, and respect.

For supporting this commitment, UK Anti-Doping will deliver education workshops to athletes and their parents taking part in the whole range of programs delivered by Kelly Holmes Education.

 UK Anti-Doping Education Manager Amanda Batt said that educating athletes at all stages of their development about the values of clean sport and the dangers of doping forms an integral part of our long term prevention strategy. Batt added that we can only do this successfully by working closely with organizations that provide support to the next generation of athletes and went on to remark that this  partnership with Kelly Holmes Education shows how much they value the importance of clean sport. The UK Anti-Doping Education Manager added it will also provide these talented young athletes with the education and support they may need to stay away from doping as they progress through their sporting careers.

Dame Kelly Holmes said that clean sport is at the heart of our core values at Kelly Holmes Education, and we are delighted to be working with UK Anti-Doping to show our commitment towards developing the next generation of clean athletes. Holmes added our athletes will be the role models of tomorrow, so we encourage them to support the 100% me attitude of being successful and confident while retaining the values of clean, fair competition.

In 2012, the National Trainers of UKAD delivered an interactive 100% me workshop to 22 athletes taking part in Dame Kelly Holmes’ ‘On Camp with Kelly’ and ‘Future Stars with Kelly’ mentoring and education initiatives.

Dame Kelly, who participated in the quiz as a contestant, said it is of the utmost importance that all sports people are fully up-to-date with anti-doping regulations and procedures and for that reason she ensures that all participants in my mentoring and education programs take part in 100% me workshops. Kelly added the workshop at our Aviva-sponsored ‘On Camp with Kelly’ Get-Together last weekend was an important refresher session for the athletes to ensure their knowledge is fully up-to-date and added it was a good interactive workshop, with all participants adding to their knowledge on this important topic.

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Thursday 27, Jun 2013

  BOA Lifetime Ban On Drugs Cheats Is Impending UKAD Work

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BOA Lifetime Ban On Drugs Cheats Is Impending UKAD Work

The chief executive of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), Andy Parkinson, has warned that the lifetime ban on drug cheats by the British Olympic Association (BOA) is impeding the battle to stamp out the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport.

The new rule of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on banning an athlete from competing in the next Games after they have tested positive was also criticized by Parkinson who said it would be easier if everyone followed the standards set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which have established a suspension of two years as the fairest penalty for an athlete testing positive for banned drugs for the first time. Parkinson added that we seen in the United States and also in the United Kingdom how going beyond the anti-doping rules established by WADA creates confusion and impedes our role and also said the World Anti-Doping Code, agreed at an international level, encourages athletes to provide substantial assistance which can be grounds for a reduction in the sanction period.

Any athlete who tests positive for banned drugs is automatically prevented from representing Britain in the Olympics, under the rules of the BOA but the Britain’s anti-doping chief believes that athletes would be more willing to cooperate with them if there was an incentive for them to be allowed to compete in the Olympics.

Parkinson said if, as is the case with the eligibility rules of the International Olympic Committee and here in the UK the British Olympic Association, we remove all incentives for athletes to share their stories and information with us, then we will continue to struggle to catch those who are supplying performance enhancing drugs and often operate on the edges of sport with relative impunity and it is clear that this is a hard message to get across and to agree on, largely because these eligibility rules are easy to defend, but if we cannot be seen to be working with all athletes, then what hope do we have in really getting to the heart of the doping problem and to those that traffic and supply. He also added that the fight against doping now more than ever requires a mature and coordinated effort to work together and UK Anti-Doping has firmly established itself in its first year and offers the chance to continue to play a lead role at home and overseas to better protect the rights of athletes to compete in doping-free sport.

The views of Parkinson echoed that of Dick Pound who claimed in 2008 that he did not believe that the BOA rule would survive, if it was challenged legally.

Since 1992, by-law 25 has been on the BOA’s statute book when it was decided by the then chairman Sir Arthur Gold that Britain must take the moral high ground in the fight against doping. The British Olympic Association is now the only national Olympic committee to maintain this hard-line stance but have always maintained that it will “vigorously” defend any attempt to remove the anti-doping by-law.

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Sunday 07, Apr 2013

  Proactive Stance On Anti-Doping Taken By Loughborough Sport

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Proactive Stance On Anti-Doping Taken By Loughborough Sport

Loughborough University is presently working on an innovative new project with UK Anti-Doping for ensuring a clean sport culture on the campus.

The university was selected as a pilot site for a project designed to raise awareness of anti-doping issues and educate students and all campus users. The Loughborough University will expand its team of onsite accredited anti-doping trainers who will share anti-doping knowledge with coaches, teams, and athletes as part of the project and students of the university will also be selected to work as ambassadors for clean sport.

With this announcement, a significant increase in the use of ‘impact messages’ around sports facilities to inform about anti-doping and the actions to take to avoid making the wrong decision, as well as further promotion of the importance of a ‘healthy body’ to everyone who visits campus is expected to happen. It will reinforce the messages of clean sport to the student body and the same would also be visible to visitors on campus to demonstrate the unequivocal commitment of the university to anti-doping. The findings from the Loughborough pilot will help inform UKAD in developing a national program designed for Universities and other sports institutions.

In addition to this, the university is also working in association with UKAD for increasing the possibility of testing within student sport on campus. Testing was always possible at University level as with all national governing body sanctioned competitions, but the pilot project is moving this to the next level. This is for those who are competing in performance sports alongside the elite athletes from governing bodies that are based on campus.

Director of Sport at Loughborough University, Chris Earle, remarked we at Loughborough pride ourselves on being at the heart of sport and therefore it is only right and proper that we lead the way in ensuring that our sports teams, coaches, and players are fully aware of current anti-doping information. He added that our students are the next generation of elite sports people, future coaches, physiotherapists, sports medics, and nutritionists and embedding the right attitudes now will support the next generation of athletes too. Earle also remarked that our involvement in the pilot study demonstrates our support to colleagues at UK Anti-Doping, but also illustrates Loughborough’s 100 per cent commitment to clean sport.

Meanwhile, Andy Parkinson, Chief Executive at UK Anti-Doping said we are delighted that Loughborough University is supporting us in this pilot project. Parkinson added that universities play an essential role in promoting sport and healthy lifestyles and nurturing and developing sporting achievement among young adults and have a significant profile within the general sporting landscape and can exert major influence on attitudes and behaviors amongst athletes of all levels.

In another development, a research by the university and commissioned by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), and WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) showed that countries with PEDS-specific legislation are more likely to cover the full WADA list of banned substances. The research provides WADA with the evidence they need to encourage more countries to introduce specific legislation, as per the study by Professor Barrie Houlihan and Dr Borja García, from Loughborough’s Sport Policy and Management Research Group.

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