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Drugs and the SCTA
Members' attention is drawn to section 7 of the SCTA ByLaws noted below;
7. Use of Banned Substances
The Association fully supports the code of conduct relating to banned substances drafted by The Scottish Sports Council (sportscotland) and the UK Sports Authority. A full draft (including a list of banned substances) is available on request.
Any member participating in any shooting event using or reasonably suspected of using any banned substance or alcohol will be subject to the Association’s disciplinary process and liable for disqualification from the event and subsequent expulsion from the Association.
All members must if requested to do so take part in any "drugs testing" organised within an event by a recognised authority e.g. sports council or governing body. Failure to do so will result in immediate expulsion from the event and subsequent implementation of the Association’s disciplinary process.
With the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games on the horizon, the drug testing regime in GB will continue to gather strength. As members of the SCTA we are all liable to be drug tested and therefore care should be taken when using ANY “medicine”. If you buy anything over the counter you should be particularly careful there are no banned substances contained within it. If you are prescribed medication by a Doctor you should inform them that you are a competitive sportsperson and thus liable to be drug tested at any time.
If they are in any doubt they can check the 100percentme or WADA websites.
If you are required to take drugs for your medical condition, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) can be sought. This is an exhaustive process but must be complied with if you wish to continue to compete.
You and only you are responsible for what you put into your body. There is no excuse and bans inevitably follow misuse of drugs however innocently you may have taken them. Be aware that “recreational” drugs are banned and a positive test will have serious repercussions.
If you have any questions, I am happy to try and help but do not profess to be any sort of expert. I may however, inevitably, have ready contact with people who are.
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