UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is conducting a public consultation about the public disclosure of provisional suspensions and charges concerning athletes or athlete support personnel, who are alleged to have committed an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV).

At the moment UKAD does not publicly disclose the fact that an athlete has been charged or made subject to a provisional suspension until a case has concluded and it has been decided that an ADRV has been committed. (Provisional suspensions are communicated to the athlete/athlete support personnel in question and relevant parties at the time they come into effect, on a confidential basis, so that they may be enforced).

However, UKAD’s rules will change from 1 January 2021 so that it may publicly reveal provisional suspensions and charges at the time they are issued, if it so chooses. 

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules, which are contained in the Code, allow national anti-doping organisations and international sports federations to publish the fact that an athlete is subject to a provisional suspension or charge.

The Athletics Integrity Unit, Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation and Tennis Integrity Unit already publish provisional suspensions and charges of British athletes and athlete support personnel in those sports, at the time they are issued.

We would like your views on whether UKAD should or should not do the same. This public consultation aims to gather thoughts and opinions on the issue of public disclosure, which will be used to inform UKAD’s future policy on this issue.

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* 1. Which category best describes you, or the organisation you represent, as a respondent?

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* 2. In your opinion, would the publishing of provisional suspensions and/or charges bring clarity to an athlete/athlete support person’s status regarding their eligibility to compete/participate in sport?

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* 3. In your opinion, is it in the interest of the public to know if an athlete/athlete support person has received a provisional suspension and/or charge?

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* 4. Would publishing provisional suspensions and/or charges increase transparency in UKAD and its role in catching cheats?

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* 5. If ultimately an athlete or athlete support person was found not to have committed an anti-doping rule violation, would their reputation be negatively affected by the fact that their provisional suspension and/or charge for that violation had been made public? If so, to what extent?

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* 6. If public disclosure of provisional suspensions and/or charges was introduced, should any exceptions apply?

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* 7. Considering your answers to the previous questions, would you support UKAD publicly disclosing provisional suspensions and/or charges?

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