Welsh Netball is committed to Clean Sport in Netball and fully support the mission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to lead a collaborative worldwide movement for doping-free sport where all athletes can participate in a doping-free sporting environment. We believe in clean sport and work in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and the International Netball Federation (INF) to ensure that the integrity of our sport is protected.
Welsh Netball has in place a set of anti-doping rules that all athletes and athlete support personnel must abide by. The anti-doping rules for Welsh Netball are consistent with the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code), the core document that harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport globally.
The anti-doping rules of Welsh Netball are the rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time.
If you are a member of Welsh Netball then the anti-doping rules apply to you, regardless of what level you participate at. You can find the UK Anti-Doping Rules here.
2021 World Anti-Doping Code
From 1 January 2021, a new version of the Code is in effect and it’s important that all athletes and athlete support personnel are aware of how this impacts them.
For more information on the changes within the 2021 Code, visit UKAD’s website here.
Under the 2021 Code, an athlete may be classified as being “International-Level”, “National-Level” or a “Recreational Athlete” based on their competition level. Further information on these different categories is available on the UKAD website.
Anti-Doping Rule Violations
Breaking the anti-doping rules can result in a ban from all sport. The Code outlines the Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). Athletes and athlete support personnel need to make sure they are fully aware of these violations, and the consequences of breaking them. For more information and what this means for those individuals, click here.
You can find comprehensive information on the consequences of doping on the UKAD website. All athletes, coaches and athlete support personnel need to make sure they have sufficient anti-doping knowledge to avoid committing an anti-doping rule violation and receiving a ban from sport. For information on individuals serving a ban from sport, visit UKAD’s sanction page on their website.
The Big Picture – Top Tips for Clean Sport
An athlete is responsible for anything found in their system, regardless of how it got there or whether there is any intention to cheat. All athletes and athlete support personnel should make themselves aware of the risks, so they don’t receive an unintentional ban from sport. Useful information for athletes can be found on the UKAD website.
Strict Liability is the underlying principle of anti-doping. Athletes are solely responsible for any prohibited substance found in their system whether there was an intention to cheat or not. It is imperative that every athlete understands their personal responsibility and that they incorporate the principle of Strict Liability into their day to day lives. Athletes need to take anti-doping seriously and fully understand the principle of strict liability. Strict liability means that you are solely responsible for any banned substance you use, attempt to use, or is found in your system, regardless of how it got there or whether there was any intention to cheat.
In anti-doping, not knowing is not an excuse!
The principle of Strict Liability does not cater for the careless or ill-informed. Athletes not knowing about the Anti-Doping Rules is not an excuse. An Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) can happen regardless of whether an Athlete deliberately uses a prohibited substance. Many Athletes have been banned after testing positive for prohibited substances through ‘inadvertent doping’. Athletes have a responsibility to check any medications or supplements that they take, and this is discussed in more detail later in this protocol, but as outlined above the principle of Strict Liability is clear. Athletes should be confident that anything they ingest or use, including food, drink, medication, supplements and herbal remedies, does not contain a prohibited substance. It is not an excuse to state that an Athlete has drunk from the wrong bottle, or has taken the wrong medication. Remember Strict Liability (UKAD)
The Prohibited List
All banned substances and methods in Code-compliant sports are outlined in the Prohibited List. Substances and methods can be added to the Prohibited List at any time; however, it is updated as a minimum once a year, coming into effect on 1 January. The latest Prohibited List can be found on the WADA website. As this list is updated frequently, athletes and athlete support personnel should make sure they check it regularly for any changes. More information can be found on UKAD’s website here.
Before taking any medication (whether from a doctor or purchased over the counter), athletes must check to make sure it doesn’t contain any banned substances. Medications (ingredients or brand name) can be checked online at Global DRO. It is important to note that medications bought in one country may contain different ingredients to the same branded medication in another country. For more information on checking medications, visit UKAD’s website here.
Check out the video below from UKAD’s Athlete Commission member and British Paralympic Powerlifter, Ali Jawad, on using Global DRO.[EMBED this video or insert link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABLbo20B-3Q]
Taking Nutritional Supplements
UKAD always advises a food first approach to nutrition, as there are no guarantees that any supplement product is free from banned substances. Athletes can support their training and progress towards their targets by eating and enjoying nutritious food. With a bit of planning, it is possible to eat a delicious and healthy diet made up of a variety of food types at the right time, and in the right quantities.
Athletes should assess the need, the risks and the consequences before deciding to take a supplement, and if they need to use one, visit the Informed Sport website to check whether supplements have been batch-tested. More advice on managing supplement risks can be found on UKAD’s Supplement Hub here.
Applying for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
If an athlete with a legitimate medical condition needs to use a prohibited substance or method, they will need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). This is only accepted if there are no other suitable permitted medications or treatments that can be used, and there is a strict, detailed process to determine this. Athletes can find out more information about the TUE process on the UKAD website here and use the TUE Wizard to find out whether they need to apply for a TUE and who to submit their application to.
The athlete must apply for a TUE prior to the use of the prohibited substance or method.
Athletes should advise medical personnel of their obligation to abide by the INF anti-doping rules and that any medical treatment received must not violate these rules.
When a substance or method is proposed (e.g. a medication is prescribed) an athlete should find out whether it is prohibited by checking the WADA website www.wada-ama.org or www.globaldro.com
If you are an athlete that is competing in INF tournaments (Netball World Cup and Netball Youth World Cup) you must file your TUE request with the INF Medical Commission via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are exclusively competing in national championships your TUE request can be addressed to the UK’s National Anti-Doping Organisation, UKAD. More details on application (and forms can be found here)
What happens in a test?
Athletes should feel prepared and know their rights and responsibilities when they are notified to be tested by a Chaperone or Doping Control Officer. Check out this video below on the testing process from start to finish. [EMBED this video or insert link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzOnQBK_YZo]
Athletes can find out more in the Introduction to Testing section of UKAD’s website.
100% Me – Supporting athletes to be clean
100% me is UKAD’s values-based education and information programme, helping athletes meet their anti-doping responsibilities throughout their sporting journey. We want all athletes to be clean, stay clean and believe all others are clean.
For more information on what this means, visit UKAD’s websitehere. UKAD’s 100% me Clean Sport App can also be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play or Windows Live Store, for essential anti-doping information.
Protect Your Sport
Protecting clean sport depends on everyone playing their part – athletes, coaches, or parents – whether on centre stage or behind the scenes. Speak out if you feel there’s something wrong – no matter how small. UKAD guarantee that your identity will always be kept 100% confidential. Find out more about Protect Your Sport here.
There are four ways to contact if you want to speak out:
- Email – When you feel something’s wrong, send UKAD an email. UKAD guarantee that your name and email address will be kept confidential. Email at email@example.com
- WhatsApp – Message on WhatsApp* at +44 (0) 7587 634711 – no matter how small. UKAD guarantee that your name and number will be kept confidential.
- Online Form – Let UKAD know via the form on protectyoursport.co.uk. Choose the two-way communication option at the end of the form. You will still be anonymous, but UKAD will have the chance to follow up later on. Fill in the form here
- 24/7 Hotline – Call on 08000 32 23 32. UKAD is here to listen and won’t ask who you are. You may want to keep your identity a secret but telling UKAD who you are makes a real difference later on, so consider emailing or speaking via WhatsApp first.
*WhatsApp is an encrypted platform. This number is not open to receiving calls.
For further information…
Please do not hesitate to ask questions about the anti-doping rules. As well as asking Welshnetball@welshnetball.com and athlete support personnel, athletes may also contact UKAD directly, who will be able to answer any questions and provide guidance. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 207 842 3450.