Anti Doping Policy

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Anti Doping Policy

Scottish Snooker condemns, and is totally opposed to, the use of performance enhancing drugs and doping practices in snooker.


We fully support the position of the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), UK Sport, World Snooker and the International Billiards & Snooker Federation against the use of banned substances and methods.


Any violation of this policy shall be considered a breach of the Caledonian Snooker Ltd code of conduct and UK Anti Doping Rules.


The use, possession and/or trafficking of banned substances, methods or the encouragement or counselling to use banned substances, or methods; and/or taking measures to mask the use of banned substances or methods by a participant in tournaments, competitions or events held under the auspices of Caledonian Snooker Ltd is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.


All players competing in National ranking events may be subjected to testing by UK Sport at any time during the season. UK Sport is the designated authority for testing in the UK. The IBSF, HIBSF and the EBSA may also subject our players to testing during their events


It is now imperative, following the introduction of the WADA Code, that players are fully aware of the implications and penalties now in place for a positive test result.


Players now more than ever need to be aware of their responsibility to ensure that drinks, food supplements and medicines etc. that they consume do not contain banned substances.


UK Sport have set up an Anti Doping awareness and guidance programme called ‘100% ME‘, aimed at players of all ages and it is a useful reference point for students, teachers and coaches. Further details on the UK Sport Testing Programmes and the procedures for testing players are all available from UK Sport.


Players that are prescribed, by a GP/doctor, a prohibited substance or method for a legitimate medical condition (e.g. Diabetes) which contain substances in the WADA Code Prohibited List will need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) by downloading and completing a Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) form.


Before doing this, the player should ask their doctor if there are any suitable permitted alternative treatments. Once completed by both the player and their GP/doctor this should be returned to Caledonian Snooker Ltd for forwarding on to UK Sport. For further information on whether you need to apply for a TUE, please check the TUE section of the 100% Me website

As from 1st January 2009 there are two types of TUE applications:


  1. Beta 2 Agonist TUE – The application is required for some inhaled asthma medications and some products containing glucocorticosteroids.


  1. Standard TUE – The TUE application is required for prohibited substances not covered by the BETA 2 AGONIST TUE process. Standard TUE applications will be reviewed by a panel of independent physicians, known as a Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUEC).

If a player needs to use a prohibited substance with an acute condition or emergency situation, a retroactive TUE process is available to players and their doctors. However, submitting a retroactive TUE does not guarantee an automatic approval by the TUEC. For further information please check the TUE section of the 100% Me website.


The World Anti Doping Agency has an extensive website where you can find more information on:


* The WADA Code

* The new WADA prohibited list

    * Resources for Players