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Anti-doping plays an important role in sport. It ensures that all spectators and participants of sport are confident that the competition is fair and that the word 'champion' reflects the integrity of all the athletes who compete. Sport can be exciting, challenging and rewarding.

However, the legacy of sport is severely damaged, and the integrity of athletes is undermined, by the use of performance-enhancing drugs and doping activity. UK Anti-Doping is the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) responsible for doping-free sport in the UK.

UKAD ADRV's

Doping in sport is no longer just about taking a prohibited substance. Did you know that under the World Anti-Doping Code and World Rugby's Regulation 21 there are ten different ways a player could break the anti-doping rules?

The following are anti-doping rule violations (ARDVs):
1. The presence of a prohibited substance in a player's bodily sample
2. Use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method
3. Refusing to comply with a request to provide a sample or otherwise evading sample collection
4. Failure to provide required whereabouts information and missed tests
5. Tampering or attempting to tamper with any part of the doping control process
6. Possession of prohibited substances and methods
7. Trafficking of prohibited substances or methods
8. Administration or attempted administration of a prohibited substance or prohibited method to any player, or assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, covering up or any other type of complicity involving an anti-doping rule violation
9. Complicity: e.g. helping to cover up an ADRV or 0avoid detection
10. Prohibited Association: e.g. working with a person 0such as a coach, doctor, physio or agent who is currently serving a ban or has been convicted in criminal or disciplinary proceedings that would constitute doping 0Prohibited Association

The World Anti-Doping Code and World Rugby Regulation 21 outline clear and strict sanctions for any player found to have committed one of the above offences.

Player-support personnel such as directors of rugby, managers, doctors, coaches and conditioners should also know that many of these anti-doping rule violations apply to them. For example, a coach found guilty of administering or trafficking prohibited substances faces a minimum ban of four years

From January 1st 2015

The revised WADA code will come in to effect from 1 January 2015.

To view these changes please click here.

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