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Keep Rugby Clean – Anti – Doping Awareness Program

An educational workshop was held at the Sri Lanka Rugby premises on 16th May 2019 to educate Sri Lanka National XV's Rugby players who are scheduled to participate at the upcoming Asia Rugby Championship Division One on Anti - Doping and its functions.

World Rugby is striving hard to keep Rugby clean, and Sri Lanka Rugby as a senior Rugby Nation in Asia has taken on that responsibility in working hard with players to ensure the game is clean in Sri Lanka as well.

Doping control plays an essential part in promoting and protecting doping free Rugby. World Rugby operates a zero tolerance policy to doping in Rugby. As a player, you are solely responsible for any prohibited substances found to be present in your body. It is not necessary that intent or fault on your part be shown in order for an anti-doping rule violation to be established. This is known as the 'strict liability' principle.

Director General of SLADA, Dr. Seevali Jayawickrama conducted the awareness program for around 35 players of the Sri Lanka Rugby Squad. Doping Control Procedures, Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), Checking Medications, Dietary Supplement, Consequences of Doping, Substance Factsheets, and the 2019 Prohibited List were the topics discussed and awareness created among players. Sri Lanka Rugby is planning on conducting more programs of this nature at various levels in the future.

World Rugby is joining WADA and the global sporting and anti-doping community in supporting Play True Day and underlining its commitment to Keep Rugby Clean, harnessing Rugby World Cup 2019 as a major vehicle for awareness, education and engagement.

Harnessing the opportunity and power of Rugby World Cup 2019 - one of the world's biggest and most widely-viewed sports events, the world's top players will play their part in inspiring the next generation of stars commit to a level playing field on a dedicated Keep Rugby Clean weekend on 5th and 6th October 2019.