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Anti-Doping

Annual Review 2022

Below is a summary of the anti-doping activities for the year that  WKGB  have completed. It has been an extremely tough period due to much of the year either spent in lockdown or under restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic

 

Clean Sport Education Strategy & Implementation Plan

2022 is the introduction of our new anti-doping strategy.

Our mission for the next 2 years is to protect the integrity of clean sport within Welsh Karate.

Our education strategy aims to target key anti-doping topics, in line with UKAD’s clean sport curriculum in conjunction with our sport-specific needs. These topics will cover; the principles and values of clean sport, strict liability, rights and responsibilities of athletes, coaches and ASP, consequences of doping, anti-doping rule violations, the prohibited list, supplements, mediations & TUE’s, the testing process, testing pools and ADAMS, how to report doping, substances of abuse.

Coaches and ASP’s will also have specific education opportunities specific to their role relating to anti-doping with Welsh  Karate.

 

Education

By June 2022,  10  WKGB Athletes and 4 Coaches and 1 ASP   will have received or attended an  Anti -Doping Education session.

All Athletes, Coaches and Athlete Support Personnel received information regarding the prohibited list changes for 2022.

 

Compliance

At the date of this report ( 9/4/2022), Welsh   Karate will have satisfied  UKAD’s Assurance Framework.

 

Testing

Welsh  Karate currently has no athletes on the whereabouts programme.

 


Anti-Doping Policy

 

Anti-Doping Rules

The WKGB has in place a set of anti-doping rules that all athletes and athlete support personnel must abide by. The anti-doping rules for the WKGB  are consistent with the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code), the core document that harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sports globally.

The anti-doping rules of the WKGB are the rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time.

If you are a member of the WKGB  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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Checking Medications

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

 

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.

 

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.

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 website here. UKAD’s 100% me Clean Sport App can also be downloaded from iTunesGoogle 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 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 making a real difference later on, so consider emailing or speaking via WhatsApp first.

 

For further information

Please do not hesitate to ask questions about the anti-doping rules. As well as asking the WKGB  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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +44 (0) 207 842 3450.

Regular updates from UKAD can also be found in the news section of their website, or on their Twitter account: @ukantidoping.
Contact the WKGB anti-doping lead: Dave Inman

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UKAD - 2022 Code: Summary of major changes

Download the UKAD Summary of Major Changes, here:
https://www.ukad.org.uk/sites/default/files/2021-10/2022%20Prohibited%20List%20Infographic.pdf 

Please note: This document is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide.

 

WADA

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999 as an international independent agency composed and funded equally by the sport movement and governments of the world. Its key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) – the document harmonizing anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries.

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Anti-Doping Rules and Policies

The Welsh Karate Governing Body has in place a set of anti-doping rules that all athletes, coaches and athlete support personnel must abide by.

The anti-doping rules for the WKGB are consistent with the World Anti-Doping Code (2019 Code) which governs anti-doping internationally.

Below are the Anti-Doping Rules and Policy documents:

Download the UKAD Anti-Doping Rules PDF here: https://www.ukad.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-11/2021%20UK%20Anti-Doping%20Rules%20v1.0%20FINAL.pdf

Learn more about the UKAD anti-doping policy via their website, here: https://www.ukad.org.uk/ 

 

ANTI-DOPING RULES

The  WKGB has adopted the UKAD anti-doping rules that all athletes, coaches and athlete support personnel must abide by.

The anti-doping rules for the WKGB are consistent with the World Anti-Doping Code (2015 Code) which governs anti-doping internationally. The anti-doping rules of the WKGB are the UK Anti-Doping Rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or any successor bodies), as amended from time to time. Such rules shall take effect and be construed as the rules of Welsh Karate. You can find the UK Anti-Doping Rules here: https://ukad.org.uk/resources/document/uk[1] anti-doping rules If you are a member of Welsh Karate then the anti-doping rules apply to you, regardless of what level you participate at.

 

WADA

There are many organisations that work hard to protect sport. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is responsible for leading the collaborative worldwide campaign for clean sport. Established in 1999 as an independent agency and funded by both sport and governments, it manages the development of the World Anti-Doping Code. The Code aims to harmonise all anti-doping policies ensuring that athletes and athlete support personnel are treated fairly and consistently. The aims of the 2015 Code and WADA are to: • Protect the Athletes’ fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and thus promote health, fairness and equality for Athletes worldwide, and • Ensure harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programmes at the international and national level with regard to detection, deterrence and prevention of doping.

 

UKAD

In the UK, the WKGB works in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to prevent doping. UKAD is the national anti-doping agency for the UK, dedicated to protecting a culture of clean sport – it achieves this through implementing education and testing programmes, gathering and developing intelligence, and prosecuting those found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation. UKAD is responsible for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the World Anti[1]Doping Code through the implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy.

 

100% me – Supporting Athletes to be Clean

100% me is UK Anti-Doping’s education programme for athletes – designed to provide information resources, education sessions and general advice to athletes throughout their sporting careers. Find out more about 100% me in the dedicated Athlete Zone of the UKAD website. https://www.ukad.org.uk/education/athletes

 

Strict Liability

Strict liability means that all athletes are solely responsible for any banned substance they use, attempt to use, or that is found in their system, regardless of how it got there and whether or not they had an intention to cheat.

It is crucial that athletes check all medications are safe to take prior to use. Medications can be checked online via Global DRO. https://globaldro.com/Home

Athletes must undertake thorough internet research of any supplement products before use – including the name of the product and the ingredients/substances listed. Information revealed, as a result, should be further investigated and we advise athletes to keep evidence of their search.

 

What are the Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs)?

There are 11 Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). All 11 apply to athletes, two (in bold) also apply to athlete support personnel and five (in bold) also apply to athlete support personnel and other persons. 

Apply to athletes only

  • Presence
  • Use or Attempted Use
  • Evading, Refusing or Failing to Submit to Sample Collection
  • Whereabouts failures

Apply to athletes and athlete support personnel

  • Possession
  • Administration

Apply to athletes, athlete support personnel and other persons

  • Tampering or Attempted Tampering
  • Trafficking or Attempted Trafficking
  • Complicity or Attempted Complicity
  • Prohibited Association
  • Acts by an Athlete or Other Person to Discourage or Retaliate Against Reporting to Authorities

 

What that means for you

Athletes need to make sure they are fully aware of ALL the Anti-Doping Rule Violations and what the consequences are for breaking them. Visit our athlete support personnel hub for further information on checking medications, supplement risks, the testing process and much more. 

Refusing a test, as an example, could lead to a four-year ban.

And remember, ADRVs are just like the rules in sport - it’s out or it’s in, it’s an official time or it’s not - but that is not everything.

Clean sport is more than rules - it is also how you train and compete in sport, and how you conduct yourself both on and off the field of play.

If in doubt, check your National Governing Body’s website for more information on your sport's anti-doping rules.

 


 

Athlete Retirement Responsibilities

 

1. Retirement

An athlete may formally “retire” from the game as a player by:

2. Withdrawing Retirement

An athlete may withdraw their notice of retirement at any time by writing to the WKGB Anti-Doping Officer but may not participate in any event until a period of 6 months has elapsed from that date. During this period, the player shall make themselves available for testing as may be required by WKGB, WKF or UK Anti-Doping:

Recognition

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Working in Partnership With our Home Countries
Scottish Karate Governing Body English Karate Federation Northern Ireland Karate Board

 

 
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