British Triathlon is supporting the European Triathlon Union’s (ETU) decision to include random drug testing for age-group athletes at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
The event will feature elite and age-group triathlon next summer and qualified athletes are encouraged to fully understand the process and implications of random drug testing, including accessing free Clean Sport training webinars in the lead up to the championships.
One of six sports taking place across the ten-day showcase, the triathlon events in Glasgow get underway in Strathclyde Country Park from 9-11 August, featuring the Elite Standard Distance, Elite Mixed Relay and age-group ETU Sprint Distance Triathlon European Championships.
Age-group drug testing has already been taking place at international events, but this will be the first time that it will operate at an international event in Britain. A successful pilot testing scheme, run by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), took place at the British Triathlon Age-Group Team qualification event at Thorpe Park in September with the aim of familiarising more athletes with the testing process.
Fifty-seven athletes were randomly selected to attend a mock test and education session at the event last month. Additional athletes voluntarily engaged with clean sport trainers, and the process was met with excellent feedback from those who took part.
British Triathlon is supporting the ETU’s decision to increase the amount of in-competition drug testing for age-group athletes at international events and will look to roll out their anti-doping education programme across the wider triathlon community in forthcoming months.
A further age-group testing programme post-Glasgow 2018 is currently being developed by British Triathlon.
There will be an educational workshop at the upcoming British Triathlon and Triathlon England AGM and Workshop day on 11 November in Loughborough for those interested to learn more. Spaces on the free course are limited, so click here and book early to secure a spot.
British Triathlon is proactively tackling the topic and has created a dedicated area within their website on Clean Sport Education, with answers to frequently asked questions, here.