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Anti-Doping

England Handball Completes UK Antidoping Assurance Framework

England Handball is delighted to announce its completion of the Assurance Framework, which National Governing Bodies (NGBs) must fulfil to certify to UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) that they are meeting their anti-doping responsibilities.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published the updated 2021 UK National Anti-Doping Policy (Policy) in April 2021, which all NGBs must be compliant with. This was the first update of the Policy since its implementation in 2009.

UKAD, which is responsible for ensuring that sports bodies comply with the World Anti-Doping Code through its implementation and management of the Policy, introduced the Assurance Framework for NGBs to be able to evidence their compliance with the Policy.

The introduction of the Assurance Framework is the most significant change in the Policy. It outlines a series of mandatory requirements which all NGBs must fulfil. These requirements include the creation of an education strategy and plan, the implementation of anti-doping rules and increased involvement of an NGB’s Board with clean sport.

Upon completion of the Assurance Framework National Performance Manager Bobby White said: “keeping sport free from doping is vital to ensure competitions remain fair and safe for athletes. The education piece will be fundamental to ensuring athletes are aware of their anti-doping responsibilities and also the impact doping can have on careers in sport. I am delighted that we have competed the assurance framework and we’ll continue to champion clean sport”.     

UKAD’s Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Nisha Dutt, said: “I’d like to congratulate England Handball for completing the UKAD Assurance Framework, which demonstrates a commitment to clean sport. England Handball can now fully show that it is meeting its anti-doping responsibilities.” For more information on the Policy and Assurance Framework, visit the UKAD website.

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All athletes have the right to compete  in sport knowing that they, and their competitors, are clean. We believe in clean  sport and work in partnership with  UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)  and the International Handball  Federation (IF) to ensure that the integrity of our sport is protected.  

Anti-Doping Rules  

England Handball has in place a set of anti-doping rules that all athletes and athlete support personnel must abide  by. The anti-doping  rules for England Handball 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 England Handball are the rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time.     If you are a member of England Handball 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 Prohibited List  

All prohibited substances  and methods in Code-compliant  sports are outlined in the Prohibited List. The Prohibited List is managed  and coordinated by WADA,  found on the WADA website here. The List is updated each year, coming into effect on 1st January.  It is possible for WADA to make  changes  to the List more than once a year, but they must communicate  such changes three months before they come into effect. As this list is updated annually,  athletes and athlete support personnel should make sure they check it ahead  of it coming into effect. 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  prohibited 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.  Click here

Taking Nutritional Supplements 

UKAD  always  advises  a food first approach  to nutrition, as there are no guarantees that any supplement product is free from prohibited 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. 

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Athletes can find out more in the Introduction to Testing section of UKAD’s  website - here

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 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.    

There are different ways to speak out:

•   Email  - When you feel something’s wrong, send an email.  UKAD  guarantee  that your name  and email  address will be kept confidential. Email  at protectyoursport@reportdoping.com

•   Online Form - Tell us what  you know via our online form on protectyoursport.co.uk. You will remain  anonymous  as standard, but if you choose to share your details confidentially it could help us catch those in sport who seek to cheat

•   24/7 Hotline - Call  on 08000 32 23 32. We are here to listen. If you prefer to remain  100% anonymous  you can. Or if you share your details, they will be kept confidential, and may  help keep sport clean

For further information  

Please  do not hesitate to ask  questions about the anti-doping rules. As well as asking [England Handball  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  ukad@ukad.org.uk   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 NGB anti-doping lead: bobby.white@englandhandball.com