What is Anti-Doping?

Anti-doping is the process of keeping sport clean and aims to protect clean athletes as well as the integrity of sport itself. UK Anti-doping (UKAD) are the national governing body for anti-doping in the United Kingdom. UKAD work to create a level playing field through not only carrying out drug tests in sport, but educating athletes about anti-doping and promoting the ethos of clean sport. UKAD also ensure that UK governing bodies comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules (WADA).

100% me is UK Anti-Doping’s prevention programme and is designed to help athletes throughout their sporting journey. 100% me supports, informs and educates athletes throughout their careers by providing anti-doping advice and guidance. Find out about 100% me in the dedicated Athlete Zone of the UK Anti-Doping website at or on the UKAD website:


What you need to know:

When entering a Weightlifting Wales competition, there will be a notice on the entry form which lets you know that by clicking ‘agree’ you understand that you could be subject to an in-competition drugs test if selected to do so by UKAD.

Failing to provide a sample during a drug test when selected to do so by UKAD will result in an anti-doping rule violation. In competition, the following reasons ONLY permit a delay in reporting to doping control:

  • Immediate media commitments
  • Competing in another competition e.g. heats
  • Cooling down after competing
  • Receiving necessary medical treatment
  • locating a representative and/or interpreter
  • obtaining photo identification
  • any other reasonable circumstance as determined by the DCO/Chaperon

If you are tested out of competition, the following permit a delay in starting the drug testing process:

  • locating a representative
  • completing a training session
  • receiving necessary medical treatment
  • obtaining photo identification
  • any other reasonable circumstance as determined by the DCO/Chaperone

It is your responsibility to stay with the Chaperone or DCO during this time.

Once you start participating in Weightlifting and competing, you must make yourself aware of all the UK anti-doping rules and ensure you comply fully with each one. Strict liability applies to all competitors and this means whatever goes into your body is your responsibility . If you are a parent or coach, ensure that you also understand the UKAD rules and signpost them to your children and athletes.

Below are all of the UKAD Rule Violations:

An up to date list of banned substances can be found at the link below (list updated every year): 

If you must use medication, whether it is long-term or short-term, prescription or over the counter, then you are responsible for checking if it contains a banned substance or not. A website called GlobalDro designed to check medication is available for everyone to use and is highly recommended. It is simple to use; type your medication and country of issue into the search bar on the GlobalDro website to find out whether it contains a substance that is prohibited either in competition and/or out of competition. It is also recommended that you regularly check medications as the ingredients may change, and each year the banned list is updated. GlobalDro only gives information about medication and NOT supplementation. Globaldro:

For more advice and information on medication, follow the link below:

BE AWARE that something as seemingly innocent as a cold and flu drink, medicated cough sweet or nasal spray could contain an ingredient which is on the banned list, and if found in your system, could result in a failed drugs test. Be safe, check your medication!

If you are taking a prescribed medication and you find that it does contain a banned substance either in or out of competition, you MUST inform your National Governing Body (Weightlifting Wales) and then apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption Form (TUE). This is a document which is signed by your doctor to confirm you need this medication for medical purposes. Without a valid TUE in place at the time of the drugs test, even if you have a prescription from your doctor, and you fail a drugs test due to the medication, then you will commit an ADRV.

For all you need to know about TUE’s follow this link:

44% of positive athlete drugs tests in the UK are believed to be due to the use of supplements which contain prohibited substances. Issues with supplements include contamination of a banned substance during the manufacturing process or misleading information on labels. It is strongly advised that you only use supplements from reputable companies which are certified with Informed Sport as supplements with this certification are batch tested for contamination of banned substances. With every purchase, it is recommended that you request the batch certificate for each product you order, and keep this safe for your records. There are apps which you can use to store batch certificates and numbers for your supplements, but still this is not a 100% guarantee that your supplements are completely safe in terms of containing prohibited substances. For more information on Informed Sport, follow this link: or on supplementation visit

What to expect in Doping control:
If selected for a drugs test in competition, the following can be expected:

After you have competed you will be approached by a UKAD chaperone, they will show you their ID. Once you have had a UKAD Chaperone inform you that you have been selected for a drugs test, you must stay with the chaperone. They will take you to the Doping Control Station. Be prepared to present your ID to the chaperone before heading to doping-control, and if you have one you must provide a copy of your TUE form. If you are to provide a urine sample, you will not be able to go to the bathroom until you do so to provide urine, you may also have to provide a blood sample, or just one of the two. You will be accompanied by the tester throughout the test including during the sample production, the tester accompanying you for sample collection will be the same gender as you. If you want to, you can take a chaperone of your choice with you to doping control, for example you could take a coach, a parent, another experienced athlete etc. You must check that all the information on the forms filled in during the test is correct before signing and also declare any medication (including painkillers) or supplements you have used recently on this form (including batch numbers if you have them!). Should anything about the test or procedure concern you at all then you should write this in the appropriate box on the form. You will receive a copy of your form at the end of the test, which you should keep for your own records. If you fail or refuse to produce a sample, it is considered to be an anti-doping rule violation.

Always check the containers of the pots you are selecting, they should be sealed and un-tampered with, and make sure you pay attention to checking all the numbers on the bottles and forms are the same. If you are selected for a urine sample, there will be a minimum sample amount to provide. You may use more than one pot and take more than one attempt to fill the full sample if you are unable to provide it all in one go. It is important to stay hydrated, but do not drink excessively to try and speed up the process, as the specific gravity will be tested and if your sample is too diluted, you will have to provide another sample.

For some people the process can take several hours, so don’t worry if this is the case for you, stay hydrated and calm, they tend to become easier once you are more familiar with the whole process!

For more information on Anti-doping, head over to the UK anti-doping web page which contains all the information you need, useful contacts and access to more information on how to keep sport clean:

You will also find lots of useful information on the WADA website,

You can download the Clean Sport App onto your smartphone, and visit the 100% Me website or Athlete Zone section on the UKAD website to learn more about your responsibilities of being a clean athlete.

If you suspect foul-play through doping, you can report this behaviour anonymously to someone independent from UKAD on a 24/7 line: 08000 32 23 32. For more information on reporting doping or advice on how to help protect sport in the UK, visit:


Anti-Doping Education Strategy document

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