Annual Overview 2023
The EKF continues its commitment to Clean Sport UKAD anti doping policy.
In 2023 we have
- Appointed an EKF Anti doping officer (Mr Peter Bibby)
- Appointed an EKF Anri doping director (Mr Mike Davies)
- Commenced work with UKAD assurance framework
- Developing Anti Doping Education Programme with UKAD national trainers (implementation January 2024)
Anti Doping Advice
All athletes competing in sport deserve to compete on a level playing field as to aide a meritocratic culture whereby medallists will be awarded for hard work, determination and training rather than performance enhancing short cut measures.
The EKF fully acknowledges the gravity of its responsibilities in upholding the dignity of sport in its true form. It is this duty to uphold karate’s integrity which means that we have fully adopted the Strict Liability principle. This principle means that athletes are solely responsible for their own actions and whether or not the intention was to take banned substances this is irrelevant and due process with regards to sanctions will follow regardless. Ultimately, not knowing is no excuse. This principle promotes individual responsibility and accountability.
Global Drug Reference Online (GDRO)
Whilst the list is complicated unless a detailed, professional background is present, the changes of the WADA Policy that came into effect in 2015 clearly places responsibility onto the athletes to research what they are consuming.
The GDRO can aide athlete understanding. The tool allows athletes to research whether licensed medications (including over the counter and prescription medications) are safe to take or not.
When utilising the online tool athletes simply have to type in either the active ingredients contained within the medication or enter the brand into the search generator. The search results will then inform the athlete, parent, coach etc. whether the ingredient/brand is banned for competition use only or outright.
The online tool can be an invaluable resource however it can only be utilised for licensed medications and therefore does not take into account any supplements taken.
When taking supplements, athletes and their parents are advised to refer to the Informed-Sport Programme which can help make informed choices. Whilst it cannot provide guarantees that supplements are free from prohibited substances it does batch test supplements that manufactures request to have checked.