Welsh Triathlon is delighted to announce its completion of the Assurance Framework, which National Governing Bodies (NGBs) must fulfil to certify to UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) that they are meeting their anti-doping responsibilities.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published the updated 2021 UK National Anti-Doping Policy (Policy) in April 2021, which all NGBs must be compliant with. This was the first update of the Policy since its implementation in 2009.
UKAD, which is responsible for ensuring that sports bodies comply with the World Anti-Doping Code through its implementation and management of the Policy, introduced the Assurance Framework for NGBs to be able to evidence their compliance with the Policy.
The introduction of the Assurance Framework is the most significant change in the Policy. It outlines a series of mandatory requirements which all NGBs must fulfil. These requirements include the creation of an education strategy and plan, the implementation of anti-doping rules and increased involvement of an NGB’s Board with clean sport.
Upon completion of the Assurance Framework Louis Richards, Head of Performance and Welsh Triathlon Anti doing lead, said: “Protecting the integrity of triathlon, in Wales through the promotion of Clean Sport is something we are all passionate about at Welsh Triathlon and completing the Assurance Framework shows that we have a comprehensive set of steps that will help to mitigate the risk of doping within triathlon. The process of ensuring we meet the requirements outlined in the Assurance Framework has been very thorough well supported by UKAD.”
UKAD’s Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Nisha Dutt, said: “At UKAD we work tirelessly to protect clean sport, but we can’t do it alone. This Assurance Framework supports NGBs with the delivery of their anti-doping responsibilities and will help Welsh Triathlon to embed clean sport values into Triathlon going forward. It is brilliant to see that Welsh Triathlon has completed the UKAD Assurance Framework after working closely with our dedicated Assurance and Education teams over recent months.”
For more information on the Policy and Assurance Framework, visit the UKAD website.
About UK Anti-Doping
UK Anti-Doping is responsible for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code through implementation and management of the UK National Anti-Doping Policy.
UK Anti-Doping’s functions include an education and information programme, athlete testing across more than 40 Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports, intelligence management and exclusive results management authority for the determination of anti-doping rule violations.
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