BowlsWales and the National Governing Bodies believe in a clean sport and work in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)  to preserve the spirit and integrity of bowls for all involved. All athletes in the sport have the right to compete with the reassurance that they and their teammates and opponents are competing in a clean sport manner.  

Anti-Doping Rules  

BowlsWales, WBA and WWBA follow and adopt the anti-doping rules that are consistent with theWorld Anti-Doping Code (the Code), the core document that harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport globally. 

The anti-doping rules that we adopt are the rules published by UKAD. Regardless of what level you participate at, these rules will apply to you. You can find the UK Anti-Doping Rules here  

The World Anti-Doping Code  

The new World Anti-Doping Code came into effect from 1 January 2021. We would like to stress the importance of all athletes and athlete support personnel making themselves aware of how this can impact them within the sport. For more information on the 2021 Code, visit UKAD's website here. 

The Prohibited List, checking medication and Therapeutic use Exemption (TUE) 

For all information about the Prohibited list and TUE’s, please see here or ask your Team Manager. (Link to document)  

Testing Process – What happens? 

Athletes can be tested at any time and at any place including events, competitions, training or even at home. It is important athletes feel prepared and are fully aware of their responsibilities when notified about testing. You can find more information on testing and Anti-doping violations here. Check out the video below on what is involved in the testing process.  

Protecting your sport  

Protecting clean sport depends on everyone in the sport playing their part to ensure a fair clean competition. It is important that athletes, parents and support staff know how to speak out when something feels wrong, no matter how small. Find out more about Protect your sport here.  

Further Information  

If athletes, parents or athlete support personnel have any questions around anti-doping rules, you can contact UKAD directly, who will be able to answer any questions and provide guidance. They can be contacted at   

You can also find regular updates from UKAD on their news section on their website. 

You can find further information on the World Bowls website

The World Anti-Doping Agency releases 2023 Prohibited List

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published its 2023 Prohibited List. The
Prohibited List designates the substances and methods that are prohibited in sport.

Following an extensive consultation period by WADA, the 2023 Prohibited List was
published on 29 September 2022. This gives athletes and support personnel sufficient
time to make themselves aware of the changes, review any medications they use on
Global DRO, and apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if required before the
updated List comes into effect on 1 January 2023.

Please visit UK Anti-Doping's website
here to read a summary of the changes on the
2023 List and information on Tramadol, which will be prohibited in-competition from 1
January 2024.

The following resources are also available to read on WADA’s website:

The full
2023 Prohibited List
WADA 2023 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes
2023 Monitoring Programme which includes substances not currently on
the List, but are being monitored by WADA for potential patterns of misuse in

Anti-Doping Annual Activities


Summary of Activities 2021-22

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