Sport Northern Ireland and UK Anti-doping have teamed up to deliver a strong anti-doping message to Commonwealth Games athletes, coaches and athlete support staff.
The education programme is being delivered to a 200-strong squad ahead of the Games in Glasgow this summer to keep sport clean.
Over the past year the Sport NI Pure Winner Major Games Programme has collaborated with the 14 sports, which make up Team NI, to ensure the athletes, coaches and key support personnel fully understand their rights and responsibilities relating to anti-doping ahead of the Games.
The outcome is that NI athletes will be better informed of the anti-doping rules and the how they apply when attending a Multi-Sport Major Games Event, further strengthening Sport NI’s commitment to drug-free sport.
Sport Northern Ireland Chief Executive Antoinette McKeown said: “So far we have delivered 18 Pure Winner Clean Sport Workshops, which have all been tailored for each sport and athlete. Already 90% of our athletes have attended and we are working with the remaining athletes to educate them through online webinars.
“This education is vital in protecting and informing our athletes and we are all looking forward to watching them compete over the summer months.”
The anti-doping workshops cover information on values, good practice, the prohibited list of substances and methods, checking medications, Therapeutic Use Exemptions, the risk of supplements, what happens in an actual drug test and rule violations.
Athletes will also be offered a series of Clean Games workshops at the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Team Weekend, beginning on Friday.
Topics will include doping control, in-competition period, Commonwealth Games Federation Therapeutic Use Exemption process and reinforcement of core education from the Clean Sport programme.
Coaches can also run the risk of being charged with doping offences at any time and so are being offered the ‘Coach Clean’ online tool to educate them in their role, which reinforces their responsibilities to keep sport clean.
Support will also be available to all Northern Ireland athletes and support personnel during the Commonwealth Games.