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UKAD Chief Executive Rumble: The sporting world must unite around the groundbreaking Clean Sport Week

UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Jane Rumble is calling on the sporting world to come together to show their support for Clean Sport Week.

The week-long celebration of clean sport is an opportunity for athletes, fans and teams to stand behind the values ​​of fair play.

It comes after a survey carried out on behalf of UKAD showed that 55% of Brits said they watch news about doping in sport, making them think twice about how they engage with sport.

Rumble joined UKAD in March 2022 and brought a wealth of regulatory experience to the organization after eight years as a director at UK communications regulator Ofcom.

And before celebrating her first Clean Sport Week in the organization, she called on every corner of the sports world to help make a difference.

“Clean Sports Week is first and foremost a positive national celebration of clean sports,” Rumble said at the start of the week, which runs May 23-27.

“What we really want is for everyone to come together, so we are calling on athletes, coaches, parents and sporting bodies, who play such an important role, to show our support for clean sport.

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“So thanks to the team there will be a lot of different activities celebrating the clean sport throughout the week.

“But at its core, one of the most important things is raising awareness of the Clean Sports Hub.

“It’s a relatively new hub, and there are new courses available for anyone interested, and it’s free.”

Rumble’s belief in fair play inspired her to move from Ofcom to UKAD, with doping ranked as the second biggest problem for the integrity of sport in the UK (41%), after racism (42%), according to the same survey.

She added: “It is vital that everyone understands the rules and understands anti-doping.

“Athletes need to be aware of their responsibilities, but they need to make sure that those around them are supporting them too.

“You have the risks of the competitions themselves, but you also have a much greater impact on the general public.

“It might deter someone from watching a live sporting event or participating in sports, but for me one of the most worrying findings is that parents may not encourage their children to participate in and enjoy sports .

“So this is a call for everyone in sport to come together, stand up and support clean sport.”
Clean Sport Week, taking place from 23rd to 27th May, is UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)’s national awareness week, which promotes clean sport, education and anti-doping initiatives with sports across the UK.

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