As an elite athlete you will now start to engage with wider anti-doping agencies (you may already have experienced this if you have competed internationally) and it is essential you know who does what in anti-doping.
For a recap on the main agencies and what they do, see the High Performance athlete section.
Agencies in Sport
The aim for all agencies involved in anti-doping is to educate, deter, detect and prosecute people involved in doping, in order to keep sport clean. Agencies use a range of tools and activities to achieve this and are increasingly working together to protect the integrity of sport.
The World Anti-Doping Agency
Globally, anti-doping is governed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) whose mission is ‘to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms’.
The World Anti-Doping Code seeks to harmonise the rules, policies and regulations regarding anti-doping across all sports and all countries. The Code is supported by five International Standards that ensure a uniform approach to anti-doping around the world. If you haven’t already, check out WADA’s website as it provides relevant information for you as an elite athlete.
The Role of UK Anti-Doping
In this country, anti-doping is governed by UK Anti-Doping, which has jurisdiction to test you in the UK and work with other National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) to conduct tests for any British athletes who are training or competing abroad. The increasing use of intelligence in the fight against doping in sport is enabling NADOs to collaborate and share information, supporting clean sport.
As an elite athlete, you need to be fully aware of the rules that govern anti-doping and who has jurisdiction over you when you train and compete.