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 who aim to protect clean sport. 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 you throughout your 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 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 test if selected to do so by UKAD.

Weightlifting Wales have a total zero tolerance policy on doping, and an anti-doping rule violation will result in a life-time ban from Weightlifting Wales as an organisation, any Welsh Weightlifting events or Weightlifting Wales affiliated gyms or clubs.

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.

Clicking on any of the below Anti-Doping Rule Violations will take you to the UKAD website for more information:

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, 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, as well as regularly checking medications as ingredients may change. This site 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, you MUST inform the National Governing Body and apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption Form (TUE). This is a document which is signed by your doctor to confirm you need this medication, however without this, if you fail a drugs test and cannot produce a valid TUE, you will commit an ADRV.

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

If you already do use supplements or are considering using them, then you should do your research on the products you are looking to purchase as it is possible that some supplements can contain banned substances. Issues with supplements include contamination of a banned substance or misleading information on labels if bought online. It is strongly advised that you only use supplements from reputable companies which are certified with Informed Sport. Supplements with this certification are batch tested for contamination of banned 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. You may only delay this process for a medal ceremony, medical treatment or a cool down. 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. If you want to, you can take a chaperone with you to doping control. You must check that all the information on the form filled in during the test is correct before signing and also declare any medication or supplements you have used recently on this form (including batch numbers if you have them!). You will receive a copy of the 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.

For some people the process can take several hours, don’t worry if this is the case for you, stay hydrated and calm, they tend to become easier once you have become 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:


You may also speak to coaches, the NGB or UKAD about any concerns or questions you have relating to doping.

To view the Weightlifting Wales policy on anti-doping, visit the Policies page on the website.

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