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It starts today and comes at a time when trust in athletes' integrity is low, impacted by recent stories & doping scandals. NEW

Britain's 'National Clean Sport Week' starts today, Monday 10th July and runs to 17th.

"National Clean Sport Week is so important to get people talking," Olympic women's hockey gold medallist, Kate Richardson-Walsh, said.

"Spread the information, spread the knowledge to the athletes, that are already well informed, and the public generally, about how much testing goes on, how much education we are given, how much knowledge there is throughout UK, to make sure we are competing on that clean level."

A recent survey has exposed British people's concern in the probity of sport.

The UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) chief executive, Nicole Sapstead, has said that there needs to be a bigger push in the fight against doping:

"We are at a critical point in the fight against doping and unless action is stepped-up across all sports, at all levels, to help us fight the cheats, we may find that both sports audiences and participation decrease in the future," Sapstead commented.

"It's worrying that so many people are losing their trust in the integrity of sport because of stories they see in the media, which are making them believe doping is more widespread than it actually is."

A survey in which over 2,000 British people took part showed that 66% believe the doping stories of athletes have had an impact on the integrity of sports in the UK.

Results of the study:
  • Two-thirds of participants do not believe Britain has a doping problem
  • 65% think doping is more widespread in other countries
  • 60% believe Britain has stricter rules and better education and testing for athletes than elsewhere
  • Nearly half of British adults think high-profile stories on doping in sport make them believe problem is widespread

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The World Anti-Doping Agency in December published a report implicating more than 1,000 Russian athletes in a doping scheme including in events of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi.

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