Anti Doping


Regardless of the level they play at, all athletes have the right to compete knowing that they and their competition have not taken any banned athletic performance-enhancing drugs.

Led by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which is responsible for the collaborative worldwide campaign for clean sport, Volleyball England works in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and the international governing bodies FIVB and World ParaVolley to crack down on doping.


All athletes, coaches and athlete support personnel, from recreational to international level, must abide by the World Anti-Doping Code and the UK Anti-Doping Rules.

As a member federation of the FIVB, Volleyball England’s national team athletes are expected to be fully compliant with the FIVB’s anti-doping regulations.

Also, as a member federation of World ParaVolley, Volleyball England’s sitting volleyball athletes are expected to be fully compliant with World ParaVolley’s anti-doping regulations.


All athletes need to be aware of the principle of strict liability. This means that all athletes are solely responsible 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.

The Prohibited List sets out the substances and methods prohibited in sport.

Athletes must check all medications are safe to take prior to use. This can be done using the dedicated online search tool Global DRO.

Athletes are also encouraged to visit the dedicated web page on UKAD’s website for all things clean sport. These is also specific guidance and education for those advising athletes.

Rule violations

There are 11 Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). All 11 apply to athletes and six (in bold) also apply to athlete support personnel:

  • Presence
  • Use
  • Evading, refusing
  • Whereabouts failures
  • Tampering or attempted tampering
  • Possession
  • Trafficking or attempted trafficking
  • Administration, aiding, abetting
  • Complicity
  • Prohibited Association.
  • Acts to discourage or retaliate against reporting to authorities

Covid-19 vaccinations

WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) has released a statement clarifying that, in the highly unlikely event that a vaccine may cause a possible anti-doping rule violation under the World Anti-Doping Code, WADA’s oversight of any subsequent results management will ensure that vaccines and the principles of anti-doping do not come into conflict. 

To be clear, despite the novelty of these vaccines, there is no reason to believe such vaccines would contravene anti-doping rules.

UKAD (the UK Anti-Doping Agency) has also released a statement in support of this. UKAs has also confirmed that all three of the approved UK vaccines have been added to Global DRO with a ‘not prohibited’ status. 

Key links

More information

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