Anti-Doping Policy

Everybody has the right to compete in sport knowing that they and their competitors are clean. The use of performance-enhancing drugs and doping activity damages sport and undermines integrity.

The Scottish Croquet Association believes in clean croquet and works in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and our International Federation to ensure that the integrity of croquet is protected.

It is important you are clued up on the anti-doping rules so that you can enjoy and achieve success at croquet.

Anti-Doping Rules

The Scottish Croquet Association has in place a set of anti-doping rules that all athletes, coaches and athlete support personnel must abide by. The anti-doping rules of the Scottish Croquet Association are the UK Anti-Doping Rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time. You can find the UK Anti-Doping Rules here.

The anti-doping rules for the Scottish Croquet Association are consistent with the World Anti-Doping Code (2015 Code), which governs anti-doping internationally.

If you are a member of the Scottish Croquet Association then the anti-doping rules apply to you, regardless of what level you participate at.

What is strict liability?

You should be aware of 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 you had an intention to cheat.

Medications can be checked online via Global DRO.

What are the anti-doping rule violations?

The 2015 Code outlines ten Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). Participants – and 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
  • Administering, or attempted administering, of a banned substance or method to an athlete; or encouragement, aiding and/or covering up of any involvement in an ADRV
  • Receiving of any combination of three filing failures and/or missed tests in a time period of 18 months (for athletes who are part of the National Registered Testing Pool)
  • Complicity
  • Prohibited Association

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 rules. The 2015 Code has little sympathy for carelessness – for inadvertent doping, athletes are more likely to face a two-year ban from sport.

The Prohibited List

All banned substances and methods in Code-compliant sports are outlined on the Prohibited List, which is updated at the beginning of every calendar year but may also be updated throughout the year. The latest Prohibited List can be found on the WADA website.

Key advice

  • Understand the importance of checking medications.   Before taking any medication (whether from a doctor or bought over the counter) you must check it for banned substances. Medications can be checked online at Global DRO. Note that medications bought in one country may contain different ingredients to the same branded medication in another country.
  • Know the risk with using nutritional supplements.   You are strongly advised to be very cautious if you choose to take any supplement such as vitamin tablets, energy drinks, or sport-nutrition formulas. This is because there is no guarantee that any supplement is free from banned substances. Visit the UK Anti-Doping website for further information.

  • Apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if required.  If you need to use a banned substance or method to treat a genuine medical condition, and there are no reasonable alternatives, you may have to apply for a TUE. You can find out more about whether you need a TUE and how to apply for one (including emergency TUEs) here.
  • Understand what happens in a test (also known as Doping Control).  You should feel prepared when notified that you are to be tested by Doping Control. If you are selected for testing, you should take a representative with you so they can support you. You should know your rights and responsibilities, including what may happen if you are unable to provide a sample. UK Anti-Doping recommends that you follow your normal hydration routines and that you follow the instructions given by the Doping Control Officer. You should be prepared to provide details of any substances you have taken – this needs to be written on the Doping Control form. This is your test and your sample, Find out more about testing and your rights and responsibilities in the Athlete Zone.
  • Know where to look for support and advice.  Please do not hesitate to ask questions about the anti-doping rules. As well as asking your NGB, coaches and support personnel, you may also contact UK Anti-Doping directly, who will be able to answer any questions and provide guidance.
  • Help keep sport clean. We all have a responsibility to report doping in sport and help keep it clean. A dedicated phone line is ready to take your call if you have any suspicions or concerns about incidences of doping in sport. You can provide information in complete confidence by calling 08000 32 23 32 or via a secure online form.  All information is passed securely to UK Anti-Doping’s intelligence unit for investigation.

Further information

UK Anti-Doping is the national body responsible for protecting clean sport in the UK. They ensure that sports bodies in the UK comply with the World Anti-Doping Code which governs clean sport. The UK Anti-Doping Rules can be found here.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is responsible for leading the collaborative world-wide campaign for clean sport. It manages the development of the World Anti-Doping Code. The Code aims to harmonise all anti-doping policies ensuring that athletes and athlete support personnel are treated fairly and consistently. The aims of the 2015 Code and WADA are to:

  • protect the Athletes’ fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and thus promote health, fairness and equality for Athletes worldwide, and
  • ensure harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programmes at the international and national level with regard to detection, deterrence and prevention of doping.

The 2015 code can be found here.

100% me is UK Anti-Doping’s education programme for athletes – designed to provide information resources, education sessions and general advice to athletes throughout their sporting careers.  Find out about 100% me in the dedicated Athlete Zone of the UKAD website.