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Your rights and responsibilities

Your rights and responsibilities

Athletes are central to clean sport. Their actions, behaviours and choices determine how clean sport is.

To make the global anti-doping system work, together with other athletes around the world, need to commit to the athlete’s anti-doping responsibilities.

The Facts – What you need to know

The World Anti-Doping Code states the roles and responsibilities that athletes have in relation to anti-doping.

So, you must:

  • know and abide by the Anti-Doping Rules, policies and practices
  • be available for testing at all times
  • take responsibility for what you ingest or use
  • tell medical professionals that they should not use prohibited substances or methods, as per the WADA Prohibited List, and that any advice or treatment given to an athlete should not violate the Anti-Doping Rules
  • tell IBSA if you have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation within the last 10 years
  • co-operate in any doping investigations when asked to do so
  • disclose the identity of your support personnel upon request from an Anti-Doping Organisation
Your rights and responsibilities

Athlete’s Anti-Doping Rights Act

The new Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act promotes athlete rights within anti-doping and ensures they are clearly outlined, accessible, and universally applicable e.g. an athlete has the right to receive anti-doping education.

What that means for you

You 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!

What you should do

  • Know your anti-doping rights and responsibilities
  • Attend education sessions when they are made available
  • Download the 100% me Clean Sport App (Apple, Android)
  • Speak to other athletes and your support personnel about clean sport
Athlete’s Anti-Doping Rights Act

Athlete support personnel - rights and responsibilities

Clean Sport matters. Both athletes and Athlete Support Personnel (ASP) have a role to play in protecting clean sport.

ASP are bound by the Anti-Doping Rules too. You need to be fully aware of what that means for you, and what you need to do.

The facts – what you need to know

The World Anti-Doping Code states the roles and responsibilities that ASP have in relation to anti-doping.

This means you must:

  • Know and comply with the Anti-Doping Rules, policies and practices that apply to you as well as those that apply to the athletes you support
  • Co-operate with the testing programme for athletes
  • Use your influence on athletes positively to foster clean sport values and behaviours
  • Tell IBSA and your National Federation if you have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation in the last 10 years
  • Co-operate with any doping investigation when asked to do so
  • Not use or possess any prohibited substance or prohibited method without a valid and justifiable reason

What that means for you

Anti-doping is complex and needs attention from all who are bound by the Anti-Doping Rules.

Remember, you too could face a ban from sport, not just the athletes. This in most cases is career ending.

Take your responsibilities towards anti-doping seriously and help those around you (practitioners and athletes) do the same.

There is no sympathy for ignorance or carelessness in anti-doping. Make sure you are up to date with everything you need to know to protect you and your athletes.

What you should do

Take the opportunity to be educated on anti-doping matters either through IBSA, your National Governing Body, Sports Institution or Professional Association

Have conversations within your sporting environment on anti-doping. Encourage regular engagement in clean sport activities and events.

Familiarise yourself with the universal rights available to athletes within anti-doping, which are set out in the WADA Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act

Download the 100% me Clean Sport App (Apple, Android)

Athlete support personnel - rights and responsibilities