Clean sport: Changes to Prohibited List & Code for 2021

21st December 2020

Clean sport: Changes to Prohibited List & Code for 2021

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.

For 2021, there are some major changes to the Prohibited List and World Anti-Doping Code, and it is the responsibility of participants to ensure they know the latest information. 

2021 World Anti-Doping Code

As of 1st January, 2020, the new World Anti-Doping Code will come into force. 

The Code protects athletes’ rights to participate in clean sport and ensure consistency in anti-doping programmes globally. Athletes, coaches, parents and everyone in sport should familiarise themselves with the upcoming changes.

Some of the new additions in the 2021 Code include:

  • A new Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) has been added to protect those sharing information on doping in sport (whistleblowing). It will become an offence to either discourage the reporting of information or to retaliate against an individual for sharing information.
  • Bans can be increased by an additional two years where “aggravating circumstances” occur (for example using multiple banned substances).
  • Engaging in fraudulent conduct (for example providing falsified documents) following an alleged ADRV will be treated as a separate offence and an additional ban can be applied.
  • Substances of Abuse: Shorter bans can be given for a certain group of substances when found in-competition if their use is determined to have been out-of-competition and unrelated to sports performance. There is recognition that taking these substances might be part of a wider substance misuse or addiction problem and a further reduction in the length of ban may be available if a substance misuse treatment programme is completed.

UKAD has produced a handy infographic to summarise these changes.

The 2021 Prohibited List

As UKAD CEO Nicole Sapstead said, unless you’re a chemistry fanatic the full List can be quite dry to read, but it contains critical information you need to know if you’re training, competing, or working with athletes. UKAD has summarised the major changes on its website and the full Prohbited List can also be read here.

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Clean sport: Changes to Prohibited List & Code for 2021