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I recently became an Accredited Anti-Doping Advisor by taking a course through UK Anti-Doping. As an advisor, I am not expected to know all the ins and outs of doping but rather point players, parents and coaches in the direction of the appropriate resources. In this way, there can be no uncertainty as an athlete in terms of what is or isn’t permitted. I’m afraid, when it comes to doping in sport, ignorance is not a valid excuse.
There are 8 Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs):
1) Presence of banned substance in sample
2) Use of banned substance or method
3) Refusal to give a sample
4) Failure to meet whereabouts requirements
5) Tampering with any part of the testing process
6) Possession of a banned substance or equipment
7) Trafficking of a banned substance
8) Administration of banned substance, aiding, abetting or covering up an ADRV

It may be obvious when reading that that, while all of them can relate to an athlete, numbers 5-8 can also relate to a coach or member of the support team.

However, back to the athlete, the rules are simple and summed up in the following statement:

‘Regardless of whether there was an intention to cheat or not, athletes will be held fully responsible for any banned substance found in their system or any other Anti-Doping Rule Violation they have committed.’

When you consider that any athlete or player member of a National Governing Body can be tested, anywhere, anytime, it would be wise to take the above statement seriously.

Be Clean, Stay Clean and Respect the Integrity of Sport.