All athletes have the right to compete in sport knowing that they, and their competitors, are clean. We believe in clean sport and work in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and our International Federation, FIBA, the Home Country Associations and the Professional Leagues (BBL/WBBL), to ensure that the integrity of our sport is protected.
British Basketball Annual Anti-Doping Report, April 2022-March 2023
This report provides a summary of anti-doping activities undertaken by British Basketball between September 2021 and August 2022 and associated intentions to drive the anti-doping message across our sport as we move forwards.
In March 2023 British Basketball submitted its “Clean Sport Education Strategy” in order to complete the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) Assurance Framework and meet all anti-doping responsibilities. The UKAD Assurance Framework is a mandatory requirement of National Governing Bodies in receipt of public funding.
October 2022 UKAD CLEAN SPORT HUB UPDATE
Compete Clean+ eLearning Course
We are delighted to launch our new 100% me athlete eLearning course – Compete Clean+. Athletes can access the course via the Clean Sport Hub. If already registered on the Clean Sport Hub, the course has been applied to their account and for new registrants it will be automatically assigned
UKAD offer a confidential service for integrity reporting, which you can learn more about here.
As many as one in ten sports supplements can be contaminated with ingredients and compounds prohibited in sport, so you need to ensure that your trusted nutrition partners consider their product development as seriously as you do your performance. Informed Sport can provide further guidance here.
FIBA have their own anti-doping education programme, which you can learn more about here, and you can learn more about the FIBA Internal Regulations on anti-doping, as well as the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) List of Prohibited Substances and Methods here. WADA’s E-Learning platform is accessible via this link.
WADA UPDATE 2023
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the 2023 Prohibited List and a summary of key changes, found here.
REMINDER – UKAD DEFINITION – Recreational Athlete: An Athlete who is under the jurisdiction of the NGB and who, within the five (5) years prior to committing any Anti-Doping Rule Violation, (A) has not been an International-Level Athlete (as defined by each International Federation consistent with the International Standard for Testing and Investigations) or a National-Level Athlete (as defined by UKAD in these Rules); (B) has not represented Great Britain or any other country in an International Event in an open category; and (C) has not been included within any Registered Testing Pool or other whereabouts information pool maintained by any International Federation or National Anti-Doping Organisation
In line with the 2021 Code, the following flexibility in sanctioning exists for Recreational Athletes under the UKADR:
- No requirement to establish how a prohibited substance entered the athlete’s system to benefit from the No Significant Fault or Negligence rule (via definition of ‘No Significant Fault or Negligence’)
- Article 10.6.1(c): Where the anti-doping rule violation not involving a Substance of Abuse is committed by a Protected Person or Recreational Athlete, and the Protected Person or Recreational Athlete can establish No Significant Fault or Negligence, then the period of Ineligibility shall be, at a minimum, a reprimand and no period of Ineligibility, and at a maximum, two years Ineligibility, depending on the Protected Person or Recreational Athlete’s degree of Fault.
- Article 13.8: A decision on appeal that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation has been committed may be Publicly Reported immediately, and shall be Publicly Reported within twenty (20) days of the date of the decision. However, this mandatory Public Reporting requirement shall not apply where the Athlete or other Person who has been found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation is a Minor, a Protected Person, or a Recreational Athlete. Any optional Public Reporting in a case involving a Minor, a Protected Person, or a Recreational Athlete shall be proportionate to the facts and circumstances of the case.
As a reminder, that all athletes – whether defined as a ‘National Level Athlete’ or ‘Recreational Athlete’ – are still bound by the UK Anti-Doping Rules. The only difference between the two groups of athletes are the above referenced flexibilities in sanctioning.
In addition to anti-doping, you need to make sure you know the rules on sports betting, even if you don’t bet. The rules can change each season. The FIBA Player Hub can give you all the information you need to know.
FIBA also have their own confidential reporting process, where you can disclose anti-doping violations, competition manipulation, integrity non-compliance or harassment/abuse.
International Olympic Committee – Believe in Sport – Integrity Information and Confidential Reporting – CLICK Here
The Gambling Commission work in partnership with the charity Crimestoppers as part of an ongoing strategy to protect against match-fixing, money laundering and illegal gambling. Crimestoppers will pass on reports made to them about gambling-related criminality or corruption to their Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU) at the same time as they are reported to the police. Click here to find out more.
You can learn more about the BBF Policies & Procedures here, too.