UK Anti-Doping to get 7% increase in funding, despite fears of cuts

It was thought that UKAD could be in one for cuts to its budget of as much as 25%, but will instead receive an increase of 7%

Anti-doping, Tour of Britain 2012, stage four

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is line line for an increase in funding of £400,000, which equates to approximately 7% of its current budget.

The British organisation had been warned that it could be in line for cuts following the Autumn Statement. These potential reductions in funding were reported to be in the region of 25%.

UKAD's remit covers 40 sports in the United Kingdom, and it has a £7 million budget at its disposal.

Amateur sport has seen an increase in doping concerns, and the UKAD list of banned professionals - across a wide range of sports - is ever-growing.

UKAD chairman David Kenworthy said earlier this year that any cut in funding could have damaged the agency's ability to properly police sport in Britain in an age when doping is still a problem.

“We’ve been told to expect cuts of up to 25%,” Kenworthy said. “UKAD would be in jeopardy if we had large cuts like that because the purpose for which we’re here, I’m not sure we could fulfil it properly.”

A number of national anti-doping agencies have been found to be non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), plus six others who have been placed on a watchlist for other issues.

Chief among these is Russia, who have been in the headlines because of the key recommendations of an Independent Commission into the widespread doping in Russian athletics.

Elite sport in the UK was a big winner in the Chancellor's Spending Review, as the Government pledged to uphold support for elite events to visit the UK.

“The government is increasing its funding for elite sport to build on the success of Olympic and Paralympic games at London 2012 and support Team GB’s ambition for success in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020,” the statement says.

Away from elite sport, the Government has pledged just £300 million for cycling outside of London against £15 billion being spent on roads throughout the country.

Thank you for reading 10 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online. He is not responsible for misspelled titles on box outs, and he lost the argument about using UK spellings