Here you will find information, guidance and links relating to Welsh Netball’s commitment to Clean Sport and adherence to UKAD and WADA regulations.
Welsh Netball is committed to Clean Sport in netball and fully supports 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 work in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and the International Netball Federation (INF) to ensure that the integrity of netball is protected.
The Anti-Doping Rules of Welsh Netball are the UK Anti-Doping Rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time. Such rules shall take effect and be construed as the rules of Welsh Netball.
The UK Anti-Doping Rules adopted by Welsh Netball are applicable to all affiliated members of Welsh Netball.
We are pleased to support and share the below library of information for all members and supporters of Welsh Netball. If you have questions or require further information please get in touch via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rights and Responsibilities:
Consequences of Doping:
Under the 2021 Code, up to a lifetime ban from sport could apply to those who are found to be deliberately cheating and breaking the rules.
The 2021 Code has little sympathy for carelessness – for inadvertent doping, athletes are more likely to face a two-year ban from sport.
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.
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.
Welsh Netball remain open and transparent with our whereabouts to UKAD, but for the latest information on the INF testing pool please see the INF website. Athletes are reminded they can be tested anytime, anywhere!
Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Guidance
The INF has a Medical Commission that ensures the anti-doping procedures contained within the rules are followed.
In certain cases, an Athlete may be required to take a prohibited substance or use a prohibited method in order to treat an illness or condition. All athletes have the right to the best medical treatment.
The TUE process is the means by which an athlete can obtain approval to use a prescribed prohibited substance or method for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition.
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.
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 email@example.com
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)
Report Suspected Doping
By supporting UKAD through reporting doping or suspicions of doping you are helping to keep sport clean.
What you should do:
– Report any suspicions of doping, however unsure you may be, to UKAD (other options for reporting are available here)
– Encourage anyone around you to report doping if they suspect doping behaviour is taking place
– WADA also has a Whistle-blowers platform – Speak Up – providing athletes with another mechanism to report doping