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Anti-Doping Rules

The Anti-Doping Rules of the British Triathlon Federation are the UK Anti-Doping Rules published by UKAD (or its successor), as amended from time to time. Such rules shall take effect and be construed as the rules of the British Triathlon Federation.

You can find the UKAD rules here.

Who do the rules apply to?

These rules apply to all athletes and athlete support personnel who are members of the British Triathlon Federation and its Home Nation Associations. These rules also apply to any member of British Triathlon's affiliate organisations or licensees (including any clubs, teams, associations or leagues). All athletes and athlete support personnel participating in any events, competitions and other activities organised, convened, authorised or recognised by British Triathlon or any of its Home Nation Associations, affiliate organisations or licensees are also bound by these rules.

What is Strict Liability?

As an athlete, one of the most important things to be aware of is the principle of strict liability. This means that you are personally responsible for any banned substance found in your system, regardless of how it got there and whether or not you had an intention to cheat.

Anti-Doping Rule Violation

WADA outlines ten Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) which govern clean sport. Athletes – and athlete support personnel – may receive a ban from sport if any of the following ADRVs are committed:

  • Returning a positive test 
  • Using, or attempting to use, a banned substance or method 
  • Refusal or failure to provide a sample when requested 
  • Tampering, or attempting to tamper, with any part of the testing process 
  • Possession of a banned substance or method 
  • Trafficking, or attempted trafficking, of any banned substance or method 
  • Administration, or attempted administration, of a banned substance or method to any athlete in-competition, or administration, or attempted administration, of any banned out-of-competition substance or method to any athlete out-of-competition
  • Encouragement, aiding and/or covering up of any involvement in an intentional ADRV or attempted ADRV
  • Receiving of any combination of three Whereabouts filing failures and/or missed tests in a 12 month period (for athletes who are part of the National Registered Testing Pool)
  • Associating with a person such as a coach, doctor or physio who has been found guilty of a criminal or disciplinary offence equivalent to a doping violation

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