Select Committee on Science and Technology Second Report

Glossary of sports-related organisations

British Olympic Association (BOA) The BOA is responsible for the United Kingdom's participation in the Olympic Games and gives financial support to athletes.

English Institute of Sport (EIS)  

A network of nine regional multi-sport hub sites and satellite centres offering services to athletes.

International Federations (IF)  

IFs have a similar role to NGBs. They adopt the WADA code to fit their particular sport's needs and monitor NGB compliance.

International Olympic Committee (IOC)  

The IOC is responsible for organising the Olympics Games and for promoting sport at all levels. It determines Olympic testing programmes for drugs.

National Governing Bodies (NGB)  

Each sport has a national governing body which supports its members and their interests. NGBs sign up to the rules of the UK anti-doping programme (under UK Sport) and are responsible for investigation and prosecution of doping offences within their sport.

UK Sport   

UK Sport co-ordinates sports policy and manages public investment in sport in the UK. In relation to anti-doping, it is the UK's national anti-doping organisation, with responsibility for the implementation and management of the UK's anti-doping programme. It also runs the UK's testing programme, passing positive results to the relevant NGB or IF.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)  

WADA promotes, co-ordinates and monitors the fight against doping in sport. It co-ordinates development and implementation of the WADA code and runs world-wide athlete-testing programmes, passing positive test results to UK Sport. It also sets lists of prohibited substances and methods.

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