Following the 2013 World Conference on Doping in Sport, which highlighted effective education programmes as a fundamental tool in combatting the use of performance enhancing substances, Commonwealth Games England (“CGE“) has entered into a partnership with UK Anti-Doping (“UKAD“) to implement a mandatory anti-doping education policy ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
UKAD has worked with CGE before – during the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. However, the new partnership involves an enhanced approach to anti-doping education, aiming to provide online workshops to more than 600 members of Team England in the build-up to the Games.
As many of the 400 athletes have already benefitted from similar programmes run by their respective national governing bodies under the provisions of the World Anti-Doping Code. However, the real strength of the new approach lies in the fact that the programme is not limited to the athletes alone, but also encompasses coaches and support staff – targeting the entire team.
The online course element of the programme is to be tailored to each team member’s role. Coaching staff will be subject to the Coach Clean education programme and support staff (including village administrators, medics and members of the media team) will be required to undertake the UKAD online Advisor programme.