Anti-Doping Basics

Drug misuse can be harmful to the health of athletes and the use of doping substances or doping methods damages the integrity, image and value of sport, whether or not the motivation to use drugs is to improve performance.

Anti-doping programs seek to maintain the integrity of sport in terms of respect for rules, other competitors, fair competition, a level playing field, and the value of clean sport to the world.

To achieve this goal, anti-doping programs rely on rules, education/prevention, testing, and sanctioning of those who break the rules.

Everyone in sport has a role to play anti-doping - not just athletes, but coaches, administrators, medical personnel, parents and all other members of the athlete entourage. Thus, everyone in sport should get informed and educate themselves about anti-doping. For athletes, this is a matter of empowerment and keeping control of their career by staying clear of sanction-inducing behaviors and avoiding unintentional doping violations.