Drugs Use

The British Swimming aim, working in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), is to ensure that sport is protected from the threat of doping, and that athletes have the consistent right to compete against other clean athletes. Anti-doping, like sport, is governed by rules. A revised World Anti-Doping Policy came into effect in 2021 and, in turn, revised British Swimming Anti-Doping Rules

The British Swimming Anti-Doping rules apply to:

  • All athletes and athlete support personnel who are members of British Swimming and/or ASA, SASA or WASA;
  • Any member or affiliate organisations;
  • Any licensees of British Swimming;
  • Any of the home nations (including any clubs, teams, associations or leagues);
  • Any participating person in activities organised, convened, authorised or recognised by British Swimming or any of the home nations;
  • Any other athlete or athlete support personnel who by contract is subject to the jurisdiction of British Swimming for purposes of Anti-Doping.

It is the personal responsibility of each athlete and athlete support personnel to acquaint him/herself and comply with the British Swimming Anti-Doping Rules.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced the 2021 Prohibited List Changes, which are now in effect.  These have been published now to ensure athletes and support personnel have sufficient time to be made aware of the changes.

Athletes are solely responsible for what is in their system, regardless of how it got there, or if there was an intention to cheat or not. Therefore athletes must check their medication status in relation to the Prohibited List regularly.

View more about Asthma & Doping Control here.