David Kenworthy, chairman of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), has remarked the anti-doping agency is "in jeopardy" due to potential government funding cuts. In a recent interview to BBC, Kenworthy said UK Anti-Doping has been told to expect cuts of up to 25 percent and added the national anti-doping agency of UK would be in jeopardy if we had large cuts like that because the purpose for which we are here and he is not sure we could fulfill it properly.
Last year, UK Anti-Doping that is responsible to protect clean athletes conducted 8,728 tests across 40 sports. Kenworthy said tests are very expensive and added the standard urine sample to be tested costs £371, the athlete biological passport costs £439 for each test. In the last few months, UK Anti-Doping has invested increasing amounts of time and money into intelligence-based work. It, as part of Operation Bloodthirsty, raided underground drugs labs in Britain to crack down on the illegal trafficking of anabolic androgenic steroids.
The anti-doping agency has a budget of £7m that is primarily made up of state funding and not it has been told to plan for a possible further cut of up to 25 percent.
Kenworthy also commented that we've got to have the time and means to try to make up that income if we're to survive - if we don't, the integrity of UK sport is at risk. The chairman of UK Anti-Doping also said that would be desperate and it would be a huge blow to UK Anti-Doping with the amount of money invested in the integrity of sport over the years, to get it to where it is. Kenworthy also remarked he be horrified if UKAD had to reduce our intelligence and investigations because we are dealing there with not just athletes but suppliers, coaches and people encouraging athletes to dope.
The chairman of UK Anti-Doping said UKAD could be forced to ask the sport industry that generates billions of pounds annually through sponsorship, broadcasting, and tickets sales to contribute significantly more to the protection of integrity if its budget is cut. Kenworthy also commented that the country can't live beyond its means and we have got to bridge the gap and added that sport might have to step up and pay for some of the work that we do. He also said the money that goes through our turnstiles is huge, as is the broadcasting rights money and all that money is invested in sport, and the only one keeping us clean is UK Anti-Doping.
A government spokesperson said the government is clear that UK Anti-Doping works tirelessly to ensure athletes and sport are clean, and continues to be recognized internationally for its work and added but decisions on future funding are rightly for the spending review on 25 November, but we have also been clear that all parts of the public sector will be required to find savings through efficiencies and reforming the way things are done, so that we deliver more with less. The spokesman added it is part our plan to build a strong and stable economy for working people and ensure the sustainability of our priority public services.
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