David McWilliam

Partner, Solicitor and Head of Personal Injury & Sports Law

DATE PUBLISHED: 21 May 2020 LAST UPDATED: 04 Jul 2022

Supporting Clean Sport Week

From 18th–24th May 2020, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) are running clean sport week. UKAD are the National Body responsible for creating a UK wide environment of confidence in clean sport and to make sure sports bodies comply with the world Anti-Doping code through the implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping policy. Just because the country is in lockdown, does not mean that Anti-Doping stops and it is the perfect time for athletes and coaches to keep their knowledge on clean sport up to date and support each other.

As the Head of Sports Law at Ellis Jones, yesterday I took part in UKAD’s webinar on Zoom – ‘Is it taboo? Coaches, Athletes & Anti-Doping?’.

The speakers were:

  • Joe Calvino – British Weight Lifting Champion and UKAD Athlete Commission Member
  • Darren Whiter – High Performance Coach British Rowing
  • Matt Lawrence – Technical Coach Paracanoe & British Canoeing
  • Max Lichfield – British Men’s 400 Metre Individual Medley Champion, British Swimming

It gave a great insight into how coaches and athletes deal with Anti-Doping and what was quite clear throughout is that education and knowledge was key. There is a very strong Anti-Doping message within the UK and the National Governing Bodies put in a great deal of work on this.

If somebody wants to become a high level coach, then they must understand their sport and the rules of that sport. Simply arguing that they did not know the rules on Anti-Doping is not going to be an excuse.

The Sports Law Department at Ellis Jones are able to advise athletes and coaches on all issues of Anti-Doping. If you need any advice then please contact David McWilliam on 01202 057710 or email.

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