Anti-doping guidance

Competition / Anti-doping Guidance


We believe all athletes have the right to compete in sport knowing that they, and their competitors, are clean. In pursuit of clean canoeing, Canoe Wales works closely with British Canoeing (who work with UKAD and the ICF) to ensure that the integrity of our sport 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 and policy

Canoe Wales has adopted the UK Anti-Doping Rules which can be found on the UKAD website here:

If you are a member of Canoe Wales, then the anti-doping rules apply to you regardless of your level of participation. For further information on all aspects of anti-doping in paddlesport in the UK and internationally, please see British Canoeing's Anti-Doping guidance website. Canoe Wales works closely with British Canoeing to ensure that our policies, procedures and anti-doping education strategy meets the needs of our athletes and our sport, and we expect our athletes and coaches to follow the guidance and procedures issued by British Canoeing.

In particular, it is important to familiarise yourself with BC's advice on:
  • Strict liability - the principle 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;
  • Managing inadvertent doping risks - by checking your medications against the prohibited list and understanding the risks involved in taking supplements;
  • Applying for a therapeutic use exemption - if you require a banned medication for a documented medical condition;
  • Reporting doping in sport.

Anti-doping education strategy

Canoe Wales, British Canoeing and the other home nations have developed Paddle Clean, our Anti-Doping Education Strategy which complements the UKAD 100% me programme. You can download the strategy here or visit the British Canoeing website for more information.

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