The WADA 2017 Code came into effect on 01 Jan 17. There are some changes and all athletes and staff must remember that the onus for compliance is strictly on them. Download the 2017 Prohibited List, and the Summary of Modifications.
In the light of the McLaren Report doping checks are likely to be even more stringent both In & Out of Competition. Ex RUCKSACK competitors should also be aware that as this is an Army and British National Championships UKAD may swoop for unannounced testing; they have done this before, and it was Regimental – not GBR team athletes who were tested!
Any athlete (GBR / Regimental Team / civilian) who is unclear about the legality of any medication they are taking should contact their RMO or GP as soon as possible. The BBU ADO, Terry Hall, may be able to offer additional advice: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our clean sport commitment
All sporting participants have the right to compete in doping-free sport (Clean Sport).
The British Biathlon Union agrees the UK Anti-Doping and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) position that cheating, including doping, is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport, undermining the otherwise positive impact it can have on society. Therefore the British Biathlon Union continues to support Clean Sport in the following ways:
The British Biathlon Union supports the mission of UK Anti-Doping and WADA in achieving Clean Sport.
All athletes are expected to train and compete in line with the spirit of the sport, including the anti-doping rules
All coaches and athlete support personnel are expected to perform their role in line with the spirit of the sport, including the anti-doping rules.
The British Biathlon Union is committed to supporting the prevention of doping behaviour in collaboration with other sporting bodies
The British Biathlon Union does not condone, assist or in any way support the use of prohibited substances and methods (unless permitted by a Therapeutic Use Exemption).
The British Biathlon Union is totally committed to the eradication of drugs and doping in sport.
We emphasise the fact that “ignorance is not an excuse”.
It is a personal matter for all athletes, whether they are an Olympian or a novice, to be aware of the current banned list and the issues of drug, doping, blood and gene testing. Regimental & Club athletes should contact their RMO / GP in the first instance.
National Squad, including ABDS, athletes who are unclear should arrange through their coaches to discuss issues with their regular or sport specific doctor.
There is now normally a 4 year ban if found guilty of infringement of WADA. For athletes on the UKAD Register missing 3 tests in a 12 month period now means an 18 month ban. Military athletes may also be subject to additional military disciplinary action. As Ex Rucksack is a National (as well as an Army) event all athletes competing may be subject to unannounced drug tests.
Should you require further details about Anti-Doping Information and Education please get in touch with the BBU Anti-Doping Officer Terry Hall: