(PRWeb UK) June 3, 2010
“Report Doping in Sport, make the call” is the request from UK Anti-Doping today as it launches its new confidential hotline.
The initiative, first announced last year, comes on the back of UK Anti-Doping’s first six months of operation which has already seen a world-first positive test for human growth hormone. In addition the organisation has formed an Athlete Committee, celebrated five years of the 100% me anti-doping education programme and provided education and support to every member of the GB team at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
The Report Doping in Sport line is a new service for athletes, support personnel or concerned family and friends to pass on information about the use, supply or trafficking of doping substances.
By dialling 0800 032 2332, callers will be able to speak to someone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This new initiative is just one of many tools used by UK Anti-Doping for intelligence gathering. The line gives the sporting community a simple mechanism by which they can lodge any suspicions or evidence they may have, safe in the knowledge there is nothing to fear by doing so.
The phone line is powered by Crimestoppers and calls will be answered by professional call handlers trained in anti-doping. All information will be fed into the UK Anti-Doping Intelligence Unit and processed following the National Intelligence Model widely used by law enforcement.
Callers can remain anonymous and can rest assured that any information they share will not only be treated in confidence but be researched and investigated.
UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive, Andy Parkinson said, “To protect our athletes we need to tackle the supply and trafficking of doping substances. The most effective way for us to do this is with the help of athletes, coaches and support personnel as they are the closest people to sport. We are urging people to come forward with any information on doping, no matter how insignificant they might feel it is. The smallest amount of information could be the missing link that enables us to take action and protect sport from those who want to cheat.”
Minister for Sport and Olympics, Hugh Robertson said, “UK Anti-Doping has made a strong start since its formation as an independent organisation. It is forging ahead in the fight against drugs in sport and this is another good initiative to protect the integrity of sport. There is no greater threat to the sporting integrity of London’s Olympics than doping and it is incumbent upon us as the host city to have the strongest possible anti-doping measures in place. The ‘Report Doping In Sport’ hotline sends out a strong message to anyone coming to the UK that we do not tolerate cheats.”
Notes to Editors:
About UK Anti-Doping:
UK Anti-Doping is the National Anti-Doping Organisation for the UK.
UK Anti-Doping has responsibility for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code through implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy.
UK Anti-Doping’s functions include an education and information programme, athlete testing across more than 40 sports, intelligence management and exclusive results management authority for the determination of anti-doping rule violations. Accountable to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), UK Anti-Doping has a very clear remit in anti-doping in the UK and plays a lead role in the fight against doping in sport.
Crimestoppers has a commercial arm called the Integrity Line that offers bespoke services with an exclusive 0800 telephone number that can be generated for each company.
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