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General Volleyball : Doping arrives on the Agenda
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2018/1/11 17:20:00 (127 reads)

Performance enhancing drug taking (Volleyball England advice)
Volleyball England warning
Visitors to the web site of our national governing body will have seen the article posted this week (9th January) on the subject of doping in sport. It is relevant to all in the sport and will be of special interest to those responsible for teams at club and regional level as it gives links to web sites providing detailed information.

As far as volleyball associations in England are aware, drug taking is not a feature of our sport but, given that high profile coverage of the problem tends to cite top level athletes as examples, it is interesting that the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) are quoted as saying that drug use at all levels of sport was “fast becoming a crisis,” alarmingly adding that 35% of amateur sports people personally know someone who has doped. Of the athletes who were serving bans for doping at that time, over 60% were amateur sports people.

Volleyball England tells us that whether we play volleyball in the local league or at any level up to being an international or we coach or are involved in administration, we have a responsibility to protect ourselves and our sport. London is taking the article's publication as the opportunity to provide this reminder to its members and invites comments (below) on the subject adding, to lighten the tone, that although the problem would also be serious, for referees performance reducing drugs like alcohol are also banned.

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