Scotland’s Safyaan Sharif and CEO Malcolm Cannon are throwing their full support behind UK Anti-Doping’s second Clean Sport Week, which launches next Monday (21 May).
This year’s campaign, which will again have the support of a range of National Governing Bodies (NGBs), sports organisations and UK sports stars, will celebrate clean athletes and their success, and promote the work of the anti-doping community in the fight for clean sport.
The campaign will also have a strong focus on supplement use and image enhancing culture in the UK, with new research set to be revealed during the week to encourage a wider public debate on the issue.
Cricket Scotland, in association with sportscotland and UK Anti-Doping, is delivering a year-round programme of workshops, educational sessions and e-learning for the athletes and coaches involved in the male and female high performance and pathway programmes, to promote and encourage personal responsibility and instil values of choice and fairness in clean sport. We are also introducing content to our website which provides information to help everyone in the wider cricketing family in Scotland to Compete Clean.
Sharif, one of two Scots selected in the Team of the Tournament after finishing leading wicket-taker at the recent ICC World Cup Qualifier, said: “The education we receive gives us the confidence to make informed choices – as athletes we want to perform at our best, and as role models we want to be positive ambassadors for clean sport.”
Cannon added: “UKAD’s Clean Sport Week is a fantastic way to highlight the commitment made by our athletes and coaches to ensure that we contribute to a fair playing field for all. It is vital that we support our current and future generations of athletes and coaches as well as we possibly can, as we continue to progress towards our goal of ICC Full Membership.”
A number of events will take place between 21-27 May to help raise awareness of clean sport and anti-doping programmes led by UKAD, NGBs and sporting bodies across the UK. The campaign will also feature social media videos from a number of UK athletes showing their support for clean sport, through a series called ‘Feat of Strength’.
Nicole Sapstead, UKAD’s Chief Executive, said: “Our education programme is a vital part of our prevention work at UKAD. We are committed to delivering a high-quality programme in collaboration with our partners.
“Clean Sport Week provides the perfect platform for sports in the UK to come together and showcase the fantastic work going on from grassroots to elite level.
“At the same time, we believe there is also a vital public debate that needs to take place around the growing supplement culture in the UK and this year’s campaign will aim to do this. This has the potential to be a serious public health issue impacting on wider society and we want this debate to look at where people are obtaining their products, how aware they are of what is in them and the potential long-term effects of using them.”
UKAD and its partners are supporting athletes from grassroots to elite level through one of the world’s most extensive education and intelligence-led testing programmes. It has 30 National Trainers who deliver clean sport education, over 200 Doping Control Personnel, who work as part of the sample collection process and more than 2,300 Accredited Advisors around the UK.
The organisation provides and supports a range of educational, anti-doping and clean sport resources to help athletes at all levels including its ‘100% Me’ programme.