Tanni Grey-Thompson has now published her review on anti-doping measures needed within her sport. The review commissioned by UK Athletics Chief Executive Neils de Vos has made 22 recommendations covering all aspects of anti-doping policies and education within the sport, particularly focused around the education process and the need to begin delivery at an earlier age. Importantly, as well as tightening up on testing and ban periods:
- Athletes’ contracts to be re-drafted to include financial penalties if they miss a test or do not update their whereabouts to agree timings.
- There will be a one-year quarantine period banning athletes from GB competition while they prove their full commitment to drug-free sport on return from a doping ban.
the review also recommends that:
- UK Athletics will not employ an individual who in the future serves a ban under Wada and IAAF rules.
- No athlete who is convicted for use of a banned substance can become a licensed UKA coach.
This is an important step as there has been no previous UK barrier to banned athletes such as Linford Christie (who coaches Christian Malcolm and a number of other athletes) from becoming UKA coaches, although admittedly they are unable to gain IAAF and IOC recognition.
De Vos added: “the recommendations made by this review mean that any athlete stupid enough to [take performance enhancing drugs] will not only destroy their career as an athlete, but also any future career in the sport as an administrator or coach – the deterrent just got much stronger.”