Speaking up to share concerns about doping

In the protection of clean sport, sharing concerns about doping is essential. Taking part in clean sport requires those involved in sport to speak up when they suspect doping. So, what should you do if you suspect doping?

You have some choices to make if:

  • You suspect an athlete has been doping
  • You hear from an athlete or Athlete Support Personnel (ASP) that another athlete has been doping
  • An athlete tells you directly that they are doping
  • You suspect that ASP are administering a banned substance, or encouraging or working with athletes to help them use a banned substance, or helping athletes cover up the use of a banned substance

When you are in a situation involving the above-mentioned scenarios:

  • You can choose TO ACT– demonstrating courage by reporting your suspicions.
  • You can choose NOT TO ACT– but that can come with repercussions of its own.

Reporting doping can be a difficult decision!

It is important to think carefully, reflect and assess the situation. Ask yourself what the impact of reporting (or not) can have on you, on other athletes, on ASP, on your sport, and even on your country and national pride.

There are options available for you to speak up about your doping concerns in a secure and confidential way.

WADA’s Whistleblower program, called “Speak Up!” is available for anyone to use. You can report an alleged Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) or an act that goes against clean sport.

Speak Up! is a platform for athletes and others to report suspected doping – any of the ADRVs or any act or omission that could go against clean sport.

  • You can provide your name or report anonymously – either is fine.
  • All information reported, whether anonymous or not, is stored confidentially.

Not all information can be acted upon, but you never know if the information you provide is the final piece of the puzzle that completes an investigation.