Kickboxing GB

Anti Doping

Kickboxing GB has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to upholding the principles of fair play and integrity through its steadfast commitment to anti-doping measures. The World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) holds recognition from the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), underscoring the organisation's alignment with global anti-doping standards.

As a National Federation, we have a responsibility to champion clean sport by informing and educating our athletes and the individuals who support them. GB Kickboxing places significant emphasis on the education of clean sport and has embraced UK Anti Doping's (UKAD) programme of deterrence, detection and education so as to ensure we remain compliant with UK's National Anti-Doping Policy and in doing so underscore the seriousness of Kickboxing GB's commitment to clean sport.

Further information about Anti-Doping policy and its governance can be found here:

UK Anti Doping (UKAD)
UK National Anti Doping Policy (2021)

Gordon Mitchell - Lead Director
Mike Leask - Scotland
Jonathan Thomas - Wales

Kickboxing GB - Clean Sport Hub

With the recent reorganisation of Kickboxing GB and the sport's official recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a profound shift in strategic priorities has ensued. This transformation has led to a renewed emphasis on aligning with international standards of integrity and fairness. One crucial aspect of this transition is the implementation of the UK Anti-Doping framework, which stands as a pivotal element on the journey towards Olympic preparedness. Adhering to the UK's National Anti-Doping Policy has emerged as a mandatory prerequisite for the acquisition of public funding, underscoring the seriousness of the commitment to clean sport. In line with these imperatives, Kickboxing GB will use this page as a dedicated hub, designed to provide all Kickboxing GB members unfettered access to a wealth of UK Anti-Doping courses and educational resources, ensuring that every individual involved is equipped with the knowledge and awareness required to uphold the highest standards of sportsmanship and integrity.

The anti-doping rules of Kickboxing GB are the UK Anti-Doping rules published by UK Anti-Doping Limited (or its successor), as amended from time to time. Such rules shall take effect and be construed as rules of Kickboxing GB. They can be found here.

All GB Team Athletes and support personnel must have appropriate UKAD certifications as laid out in the Kickboxing GB National Team Selection Policy.

The following UKAD courses are relevant to Coaches, Athletes and Support Personnel.

  • Coach Clean
  • Compete Clean +
  • Clean Sport Essentials: Parents & Carers

These courses can be accessed via UKAD's Clean Sport Hub below.
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The Clean Sport Hub is where National Governing Bodies (NGBs) provide evidence against the Assurance Framework to comply with the UK National Anti-Doping Policy. The Clean Sport Hub supports delivering innovative and tailored education activities leading to a culture of clean sport. It also provides a support network for UKAD’s Education Delivery Network providing clean sport resources and information.

UK Anti Doping supports the principle of Strict Liability which means that athletes are solely responsible for what is found in their system, regardless of how it got there, or whether there was any intention to cheat. UKAD's 100% me education and information programme is designed to help you, the athlete, throughout your sporting journey.

Just as each sport has rules to determine how it is played or performed, there are Anti-Doping Rules in place to protect clean sport. Doping is defined in the World Anti-Doping Code as the occurrence of one or more of the Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs). It's much more than a positive test.

You will find the current UK Anti-Doping Rules here. 

The prohibited list sets out the substances and methods prohibited in sport.

Some substances and methods are prohibited at all times and others are only prohibited in-competition or only prohibited in particular sports.

It does not matter when you take a substance, if it is prohibited in-competition and it is found in your system you may face a ban.

Check Your Medication - Medications prescribed by a doctor or bought directly over the counter may contain prohibited substances.

It is an athlete’s responsibility to check their medication before using it even if they have used it before.

Supplement Advice.
All athletes are advised to be vigilant in using any supplement. No guarantee can be given that any particular supplement is free from prohibited substances.

An important principle of the Code is that of strict liability, which states that athletes are solely responsible for any prohibited substances they use, attempt to use or is found in their system regardless of how it got there and if there was an intention to cheat.

Before taking supplements, athletes must therefore assess the need, risk and consequences to their careers.

The Testing Process
Athletes can be tested any time, any place. UKAD tests to deter those vulnerable to a doping decision and to find those who chose to cheat by using banned substances.

Testing can take place in-competition at events, or out-of-competition, in training venues, or even at an athlete’s home.

Testing is intelligence-led and risk-based, and it will always be conducted with ‘no advanced notice’.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)
Athletes may have illnesses or conditions that require them to take medications or undergo procedures. If the medication or method an athlete is required to use to treat an illness or condition is prohibited as per the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List a TUE may give that athlete the authorisation to use that substance or method while competing without invoking an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) and applicable sanction.

International athletes as defined by WAKO must apply through the international federation. WAKO defines an international athletes as follows:

1. An Athlete who is National Champion in that given year and subsequent years where he/she is the official national Champion as recognized by the WAKO National Governing Body.

2. An Athlete who has competed in a WAKO World Cup, or A/B class event in the last two years as defined in the WAKO Calendar.

National-level athletes who require a TUE must send their applications to UKAD. The UKAD application process can be found here. 

Protect Your Sport
Protecting clean sport so that athletes can compete knowing they are doing so on a level playing field is a team effort.
To help catch cheats and to protect the integrity of sport, UK Anti Doping needs the support and help of all of us.

If you have any suspicions of doping activity in our sport, no matter how small the information may seem, you can come forward in confidence via UK Anti Doping's Protect Your Sport platforms.