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Clean Sport

What is clean sport?
 
It doesn’t matter whether you’re just beginning in sport or you’re an elite athlete competing on the international stage – clean sport matters!
 
Clean sport means athletes:

- compete on a level playing field.  
- are rewarded for their hard-work, talent and skills
- value the spirit of sport
- respect and look after their bodies and their health
- follow the anti-doping rules
- understand the importance of a drug testing regime to catch cheats and protect clean athletes
 
Why FIH supports clean sport?
 
Everyone has a duty to protect clean sport.
We want to know when we watch sports that it’s the real deal - that there is integrity in sport.
Cheating in any form undermines the spirit of sport and the efforts of clean athletes.
 
The Consequences of Doping
 
The consequences of doping could spell an athlete’s end of sporting career, reputation and future prospects both in and out of sport.
 
The sanctions for an anti-doping violation can include:
 
- disqualification of results at an event, including forfeiture of medals
- a ban from all sport (competing, training or coaching) for up to four years or even life in repeat or the most serious cases
- publication of the anti-doping rule violation
- financial penalties
 
Further to these sanctions, an athlete who has been found guilty of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation is often exposed to a level of media attention that can result in permanent damage to their reputation.  This can mean stories on the TV news, in newspapers, on social media such as Facebook and Twitter which, in cases of deliberate cheating, could lead to you being the subject of public contempt.
 
Doping rule violations can place pressure not just on an athlete but others close to you, friends, partners and family. It is these consequences which are frequently the most difficult for athletes to deal with.

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