Anti Doping information and Policy

Skateboard gb strongly believes in clean sport and works in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), to protect the integrity of our sport.

All skateboarders have the right to compete in sport knowing that they, and their competitors, are clean. Skateboard GB strongly believes in clean sport and works in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and our international federation, World Skate, to ensure the integrity of Skateboard GB is protected.

The use of performance-enhancing drugs and other doping behaviour severely damages the legitimacy of sport and undermines the integrity of clean athletes.

Anti-Doping Rules

The anti-doping rules of Skateboard GB are the UK Anti-Doping Rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor, as amended from time to time). These are consistent with the World Anti-Doping Code (2015 Code), which governs anti-doping internationally. Such rules shall take effect and be construed as the rules of Skateboard GB.

The UK Anti-Doping Rules can be found here. These are also referenced in the British Rowing Rules of Racing which can be found here. All members of Skateboard GB are subject to both the UK Anti-Doping Rules.

Who do the rules apply to?
If you are involved in skateboarding at any level of competition, and in any discipline, these rules apply to you, regardless of your age, or whether you are competing, coaching or supporting skateboarders.

If you are competing at any Skateboard GB affiliated event, you will be subject to doping control, which may result in you having to provide a sample to a Doping Control Officer. This includes all athletes, of any age, gender or discipline, anytime and anywhere. For further information, please see the Understanding the Testing Process section at the bottom of this page.

Anti-Doping Rule Violations
The 2015 Code outlines ten Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel may receive a ban from sport if they commit any one of the ADRVs.

The ten ADRVs can be found below;
1.    Presence
2.    Use or attempted Use
3.    Evading, Failing or Refusing
4.    Whereabouts Failures
5.    Tampering or attempted Tampering
6.    Possession
7.    Trafficking or attempted Trafficking
8.    Administration, Aiding and Abetting
9.    Complicity
10.  Prohibited Association

Consequences
Under the 2015 Code, a minimum four-year ban from sport will apply to those who are found to be deliberately cheating and breaking the Anti-Doping Rules.

The UK Anti-Doping Rules are very unforgiving of cheats, as well as negligent athletes. All athletes who have been found to inadvertently use banned substances are still likely to face a two-year ban from competing in the sport.

All athletes, coaches and members of Skateboard GB should make a conscious effort to increase their Anti-Doping Knowledge, so they can reduce the chance of any inadvertent doping occurring.

Managing Inadvertent Doping Risks
All banned substances and methods in Code-Compliant sports, such as skateboarding, are outlined in the Prohibited List which is updated at the beginning of every calendar year, but may also be updated throughout the year. The most up to date version of the Prohibited List can be found here, as well as guidance on the Prohibited List from UK Anti-Doping, which can be found here.

It is also vital that athletes who are competing at Skateboard GB affiliated events are aware of the In-Competition Period, which is a period of time where certain substances’ banned status changes from not-prohibited to prohibited.

In-Competition Period
Some substances on the Prohibited List are only prohibited during the In-Competition Period. The In-Competition Period is defined by Skateboard GB to be “the period commencing 12 hours before the first Competition of said Event in which the athlete is scheduled to participate through to the end of the Sample collection process related to the last Competition of the athlete at such Event”.

Athletes must be aware that if they have a substance which is banned In-Competition, in their system during the In-Competition Period, they could face a ban from skateboarding events. The determining factor is when the sample is in your system, not when the sample was ingested that determines its In-Competition status, meaning that if the substance is in your system during the In-Competition Period, even though it was consumed in the Out-of-Competition period, it will still be classed as an ADRV. Athletes who want to check which substances are prohibited In-Competition must see substance categories 6, 7, 8 and 9 on the 2019 Prohibited List.

Strict Liability
The fundamental anti-doping principle of strict liability means that athletes are solely responsible for their conduct, the decisions they make and for any banned substance they use, attempt to use, or that is found in their system, regardless of how it got there and whether or not they had an intention to cheat.

It is therefore important that all skateboarders conduct themselves within the rules and make informed decisions to ensure they train and compete clean, using the anti-doping resources available to them.

Some resources which could be of use to Skateboard GB Members include;

  • The 100% ME Clean Sport App, which can be downloaded through any app provider.

  • The UK Anti-Doping website also has an abundance of free resources available to athletes and coaches.