All athletes have the right to compete in sport knowing that they, and their competitors, are clean.
The Scottish Karate Governing Body, believes in clean ‘karate’ and works in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and their Federations to ensure that the integrity of karate is protected.
The use of performance-enhancing drugs and other doping behaviour severely damages the legitimacy of sport and undermines the integrity of clean athletes.
The Scottish Karate Governing Body has in place a set of anti-doping rules that all athletes, coaches and athlete support personnel must abide by. The anti-doping rules for the Scottish Karate Governing Body are consistent with the World Anti-Doping Code (2015 Code), which governs anti-doping internationally.
You can find the UK Anti-Doping Rules on the UKAD Website
(1) The anti-doping rules of the Scottish Karate Governing Body are the UK Anti-Doping Rules published by UK Anti-Doping (or its successor), as amended from time to time. Such rules shall take effect and be construed as the rules of the Scottish Karate Governing Body.
If you are a member of the Scottish Karate Governing Body, then the anti-doping rules apply to you, regardless of what level you participate at.
Advice to SKF Athletes
It is therefore important that Scottish Karate Federation athletes, athlete support personnel and coaches take the time to read the UK Anti-Doping Rules 2015. The Rules will tell you who to apply to, if you require a Therapeutic Use Exemption ('TUE') for your medication.
All athletes need to be aware of the principle of strict liability. This means that all athletes are solely responsible for any banned substance they use, attempt to use, or that is found in their system, regardless of how it got there and whether or not they had an intention to cheat. It is crucial that athletes check all medications are safe to take prior to use. Medications can be checked online via Global DRO.