Anti-Doping & smoking Guidance for Competitors
Please note this guidance is an appendix to the Code of Conduct and outlines Disability Bowls England’s Anti-Doping & Smoking Policy of which all players are required to comply.
The Anti-Doping rules of Disability Bowls England are the UK Anti-Doping Rules Published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time. Such rules shall take effect from 1st July 2010. The UK Anti-Doping Rules can be viewed at: www.ukad.org.uk.
Players can be tested at any time at any event and the onus is on them to check any medication. Failure to do so and the provision of a “positive” anti-doping test will result in severe disciplinary action.
It is unlikely that players will be tested at the Disability Bowls England National Championships and it is therefore not necessary to obtain a Therapeutic Use Exemption Certificate (TUE) in advance of those events.
Testing could take place at any International Event and players are reminded that the onus is on them to check any medication.
Many medications available for common medications, such as asthma or hayfever, may contain prohibited substances. Players need to be aware that these are readily available in products prescribed by your Doctor or bought over the counter in a pharmacy.
IT IS THEREFORE IMPORTANT THAT YOU CHECK ANY MEDICATION YOU ARE CURRENTLY TAKING.
The advice from UK Anti-Doping is very simple – check every medication before you use it, even if you have used it before. It is also important to remember that medications bought abroad may contain different substances to the same product purchased in the UK and you should always check before you take them.
The prohibited list can be found at: list.wada-ama.org.
Checking Medications for prohibited substances
Global DRO provides a quick and easy means by which players and support personnel can check the status of medications based on the current Prohibited List. The website allows players to search any medication they may wish to take in order to check if there are substances contained within it that is included in WADA’s Prohibited List.
To access Global DRO, go to www.globaldro.com
Please note that supplements may include banned substances but cannot be checked on this site.
Go to: www.informed-sport.com for details.
Therapeutic Use Exemption
If the medication you are taking is prohibited, you should ask your Doctor or Physician if there are any alternative medications or treatments that are permitted.
IF THERE ARE NO PERMITTED ALTERNATIVES, ANY PLAYER THAT IS SELECTED FOR DOPING CONTROL DURING A DISABILITY BOWLS ENGLAND COMPETITION WILL HAVE 10 WORKING DAYS TO APPLY RETROACTIVELY FOR A TUE.
OTHER RULES REGARDING A “TUE” MAY APPLY TO INTERNATIONAL, IBD & WORLD BOWLS EVENTS.
To download the TUE application form from World Bowls, go to:
For more information on the current anti-doping guidelines, go to: www.ukad.org.uk
Smoking on the green is prohibited during all matches played under the jurisdiction of Disability Bowls England. For clarification, the “green” in this instance is deemed to include a minimum of 1 metre of the bank surrounding the playing area and in addition smoking may be restricted to a designated area as per the host club rules.
Failure to adhere to this will result in disqualification. This prohibition includes all electronic cigarettes.