Table Tennis England enforces a stringent Anti-Doping Policy that adheres to guidelines recommended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
All athletes have the right to compete in sport knowing that they, and their competitors, are clean.
Table Tennis England has in place a set of anti-doping rules that all athletes and athlete support personnel must abide by. The anti-doping rules Table Tennis England are consistent with the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code), the core document that harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport globally.
The anti-doping rules of Table Tennis England are the rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time.
If you are a member of Table Tennis England then the anti-doping rules apply to you, regardless of what level you participate at.
From 1 January 2021, a new version of the Code is in effect and it’s important that all athletes and athlete support personnel are aware of how this impacts them.
For more information on the changes within the 2021 Code, click here.
Under the 2021 Code, an athlete may be classified as being ‘International-Level’, ‘National-Level’ or a ‘Recreational Athlete’ based on their competition level.
Further information on these different categories is available on the UKAD website.
• Update the Anti-Doping page of the Table Tennis England website.
• Table Tennis England is working the new Assurance Framework with UKAD and will be fully compliant ahead of the 31/3/22 deadline
We continue to work with UKAD to better ourselves and to keep the sport of Table Tennis at the highest standard that our participants have come to expect.
Breaking the anti-doping rules can result in a ban from all sport. The Code outlines the Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). Athletes and athlete support personnel need to make sure they are fully aware of these violations, and the consequences of breaking them. For more information and what this means for those individuals, click here.
For information on individuals serving a ban from sport, visit the UKAD’s sanction page.
UKAD always advises a food first approach to nutrition, as there are no guarantees that any supplement product is free from banned substances. Athletes can support their training and progress towards their targets by eating and enjoying nutritious food. With a bit of planning, it is possible to eat a delicious and healthy diet made up of a variety of food types at the right time, and in the right quantities.
Athletes should assess the need, the risks and the consequences before deciding to take a supplement, and if they need to use one, visit Informed Sport to check whether supplements have been batch-tested. More advice on managing supplement risks can be found on the UKAD’s Supplement Hub.
If an athlete with a legitimate medical condition needs to use a prohibited substance or method, they will need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). This is only accepted if there are no other suitable permitted medications or treatments that can be used, and there is a strict, detailed process to determine this. Athletes can find out more information about the TUE process on the UKAD website and use the TUE Wizard to find out whether they need to apply for a TUE and who to submit their application to.
Athletes should feel prepared and know their rights and responsibilities when they are notified to be tested by a Chaperone or Doping Control Officer. Check out this video below on the testing process from start to finish.
An athlete is responsible for anything found in their system, regardless of how it got there or whether there is any intention to cheat. All athletes and athlete support personnel should make themselves aware of the risks, so they don’t receive an unintentional ban from sport. Useful information for athletes can be found here.
All banned substances and methods in Code-compliant sports are outlined in the Prohibited List. Substances and methods can be added to the Prohibited List at any time; however, it is updated as a minimum once a year, coming into effect on 1 January. The latest Prohibited List can be found on the WADA website.
As this list is updated frequently, athletes and athlete support personnel should make sure they check it regularly for any changes. More information can be found on the UKAD website.
Before taking any medication (whether from a doctor or purchased over the counter), athletes must check to make sure it doesn’t contain any banned substances. Medications (ingredients or brand name) can be checked online at Global DRO. It is important to note that medications bought in one country may contain different ingredients to the same branded medication in another country. For more information on checking medications, visit the UKAD website.
100% me is UKAD’s values-based education and information programme, helping athletes meet their anti-doping responsibilities throughout their sporting journey. We want all athletes to be clean, stay clean and believe all others are clean.
For more information on what this means, visit the UKAD website. UKAD’s 100% me Clean Sport App can also be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play or Windows Live Store, for essential anti-doping information.
Protecting clean sport depends on everyone playing their part – athletes, coaches, or parents – whether on centre stage or behind the scenes. Speak out if you feel there’s something wrong – no matter how small. UKAD guarantee that your identity will always be kept 100% confidential. Find out more about Protect Your Sport.
There are four ways to contact if you want to speak out:
- Email – When you feel something’s wrong, send UKAD an email. UKAD guarantee that your name and email address will be kept confidential. Email at [email protected]
- WhatsApp – Message on WhatsApp* at +44 (0) 7587 634711 – no matter how small. UKAD guarantee that your name and number will be kept confidential.
- Online Form – Let UKAD know via the form on protectyoursport.co.uk. Choose the two-way communication option at the end of the form. You will still be anonymous, but UKAD will have the chance to follow up later on. Fill in the form here
- 24/7 Hotline – Call on 08000 32 23 32. UKAD is here to listen and won’t ask who you are. You may want to keep your identity a secret but telling UKAD who you are makes a real difference later on, so consider emailing or speaking via WhatsApp first.
*WhatsApp is an encrypted platform. This number is not open to receiving calls.
Should anyone no longer wish to be bound by the antidoping rules of the sport, they must relinquish their membership of Table Tennis England and should email [email protected] to arrange this.
For further information
Please do not hesitate to ask questions about the anti-doping rules. As well as asking Table Tennis England and athlete support personnel, athletes may also contact UKAD directly, who will be able to answer any questions and provide guidance. They can be contacted at [email protected] or +44 (0) 207 842 3450.