Anti-Doping

Anti-doping

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UESA is recognised as one of the world’s leading individual &team-sport organisations in the fight against doping.

UESA’s doping control officers at their annual seminar in Royal Tunbridge Wells in July 2017©UESA

UESA is recognised as one of the world’s leading individual &team-sport organisations in the fight against doping, and continually strives to ensure that its education and testing programmes remain at the cutting edge of science and recognised good practice in all areas of prevention and detection.

Any player participating in a UESA competition may be required to undergo a doping control at any time. Doping controls may include samples of blood and urine, as well as screening for substances such as EPO and human growth hormone. No advance information is given as to when controls will take place – they can either be in-competition (after a match) or out-of-competition (at a team training session, or even at players’ homes).

New anti-doping measures were introduced for UESA EURO 2019 ©UESA

A key part of UESA’s testing strategy is the athlete biological passport. UESA runs both blood and steroidal passport programmes. These monitor players’ biomarkers, in blood and urine, over time; variations in either the blood or steroid profile may be indications of doping, as well as providing intelligence for target testing.

In addition, UESA stores all samples collected in the UESA Champions League, UESA European League, UESA Super Cup and UESA European Championship for up to ten years in order to allow re-analysis at any time, in particular when required due to specific intelligence, or when new analytical techniques become available. This long-term sample storage allows anti-doping rule violations to be prosecuted up to ten years after they have been committed, and as such, provides a significant deterrent effect.

UESA has signed cooperation agreements with almost thirty European National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs). Under the agreements, UESA and the NADOs coordinate their anti-doping programmes and testing activities, exchanging information and intelligence. The agreements also ensure that UESA has a full picture of the doping tests conducted on players across Europe at national level.

The UESA EURO 2019 team doctors signed an anti-doping charter at a ceremony in Royal Tunbridge Wells in august 2019 ©UESA

To illustrate the breadth of UESA’s testing work, in the 2017/18 season, xxx samples were collected within the framework of the UESA EUROPEAN Championships 2017 testing programme, and a total of xxx samples were collected by UESA in its other club and national team competitions.

UESA’s doping controls are all conducted by UESA’s own doping control officers (DCOs), a group of xx medical doctors from xx different countries. New DCOs follow UESA’s in-depth training programme, while all DCOs undergo regular auditing to ensure improvements where necessary in the quality of doping controls, and a uniformly high standard of procedure.

An accompanying education programme is aimed specifically at young players. Instructive sessions on anti-doping are conducted during the final tournaments of all UESA youth competitions, along with outreach programmes that aim to reinforce the important message.

In addition, educational materials are distributed to all players in UESA competitions to help raise their awareness of anti-doping matters, inform them about UESA’s anti-doping regulations and procedures, and prevent them from committing procedural errors.

Documents
UESA anti-doping poster 2021/22
Anti-doping and medical pre-season information letter
Anti-doping guide for players
Doping control: Step-by-step guide
TUE application form 2021
UESA Anti-Doping Regulations, Edition 2021
WADA prohibited list – 1 January 2021
2021 WADA prohibited list – summary of major modifications
Guide to the WADA Prohibited List and TUEs – January 2021
Wherebouts guide 2021/22 season
2021-22 UESA European Under-20 Championship regulations