Doping – Table Tennis England


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 the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) to ensure the integrity of our sport is protected.

Table Tennis England has a set of Anti-Doping Rules in place which all Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel must adhere to. The Table Tennis England anti-doping rules comply with the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code), the foundational document that harmonizes anti-doping policies, rules and regulations in sport globally.

The Table Tennis England Anti-Doping Rules 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, the anti-doping rules apply to you, regardless of your level of participation.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has just released the 2022 Prohibited List, which is available on WADA’s website. The Prohibited List identifies substances and methods that are prohibited at all times, in-competition only and in specific sports.

All Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel are urged to familiarize themselves with the new changes before they come into effect on January 1, 2022.

UKAD has also published a summary and infographic of the main changes on the UKAD website. This is also available by clicking here.

From January 1, 2021, a new version of the Code is in effect and it is important that all athletes and athlete support personnel are aware of how this affects them.

For more information on changes to the 2021 Code, Click here.

Under the 2021 Code, an athlete can be categorized as “international-level”, “national-level” or “recreational-level” based on their level of competition.

Further information on these different categories is available on the UKAD website.

• Update the anti-doping page of the Table Tennis England website.

• Clean Games and Clean Sport Antidoping training completed for the team at Tokyo 2020

• An anti-doping education strategy has been developed

• Communication of anti-doping issues integrated into annual communication plans

• Table Tennis England are working on the new insurance framework with UKAD and will be fully compliant by the 31/3/22 deadline

• All Table Tennis England members, clubs and approved coaches and officials, including staff, agree to our anti-doping policy when creating an account with Table Tennis England.

We continue to work with UKAD to improve and maintain the sport of table tennis at the highest level that our participants have come to expect.

Failure to comply with anti-doping rules may result in a ban on everything sport. The Code describes anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs). Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel must ensure that they are fully aware of such violations and the consequences of their violation. For more information and what this means for these people, Click here.

For more information on people who are serving a sports ban, visit the UKAD sanctions page.

UKAD always advises a food-first food approach, as there is no guarantee that a supplement product will be free of banned substances. Athletes can sustain their training and progress towards their goals by eating and enjoying nutritious foods. With a little planning, it is possible to eat a delicious, healthy diet of a variety of food types at the right times and in the right amounts.

Athletes should weigh the need, risks, and consequences before deciding to take a supplement, and if they need to use one, visit Sport informed to check if the supplements have been batch tested. You can find more advice on managing the risks of supplements on the UKAD Supplement Center.

If an athlete with a legitimate medical condition must 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 appropriate licensed medications or treatments that can be used, and if there is a strict and detailed process to determine this. Athletes can find more information about the TUE process on the UKAD website and use the TUE Wizard to find out if they should apply for a TUE and to whom to submit their application.

Athletes should feel prepared and know their rights and responsibilities when advised to be tested by an escort or doping control officer. Watch this video below on the testing process from start to finish.

Athletes can find out more in the Introduction to Testing section of the UKAD website.

An athlete is responsible for everything in their system, regardless of how it got there or whether there is an intention to cheat. All athletes and athlete support personnel should be aware of the risks, so that they do not receive an involuntary ban from playing a sport. Useful information for athletes can be found here.

All substances and methods prohibited in Code-compliant sports are described in the Prohibited List. Substances and methods can be added to the Prohibited List at any time; however, it is updated at least once a year and comes into effect on January 1. The latest list of prohibitions can be found on the WADA website.

As this list is updated frequently, Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel should ensure that 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 should check that it does not contain any prohibited substances. Medicines (ingredients or brand name) can be checked online at Global DRO. It is important to note that drugs purchased in one country may contain different ingredients from the same brand name drug in another country. For more information on medication verification, visit the UKAD website.

UKAD Athletes Commission Member and British Paralympic Powerlifter Ali Jawad on the use of Global DRO

100% me is UKAD’s values-based education and information program which helps athletes meet their anti-doping responsibilities throughout their sporting journey. We want all athletes to be clean, stay clean and believe everyone else is 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.

The protection of clean sport depends on the role of everyone – athletes, coaches or parents – whether on the front stage or behind the scenes. Speak up if you feel there is something wrong, no matter how small. UKAD guarantees that your identity will always remain 100% confidential. Learn more about Protect your sport.

There are four ways to get in touch if you want to speak up:

  • Email – When you feel something is wrong, email UKAD. UKAD guarantees that your name and email address will remain confidential. Email to [email protected]
  • WhatsApp – Message on WhatsApp* on +44 (0) 7587 634711 – no matter how small. UKAD guarantees that your name and number will remain confidential.
  • Online form – Inform UKAD via the form on protectyoursport.co.uk. Choose the two-way communication option at the end of the form. You will remain anonymous, but UKAD will be able to follow up later. Complete the form here
  • 24/7 Hotline – Call 08000 32 23 32. UKAD is here to listen and won’t ask who you are. You might want to keep your identity a secret, but telling UKAD who you are makes a real difference later, so consider emailing or talking via WhatsApp first.

*WhatsApp is an encrypted platform. This number is not open for receiving calls.


Retirement

If anyone no longer wishes to be bound by the sport’s anti-doping rules, they should renounce their Table Tennis England membership and should email [email protected] to fix that.


For more information

Do not hesitate to ask questions about anti-doping rules. As well as asking Table Tennis England and Athlete Support Staff, athletes can also contact UKAD directly, who will be able to answer any questions and provide advice. They can be contacted at [email protected] or +44 (0) 207 842 3450.

Regular updates from UKAD can also be found in the news section of their websiteor on their Twitter account anti-doping.

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