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BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sports)

A team led by Nathan Gevao and Ade Omisakin have put considerable effort into preparing a proposal for powerlifting to be included in the BUCS sport competition programme. This is an involved process and following consultation throughout November and January 2022, our Powerlifting proposal has progressed to the implementation stage.

This stage will test the feasibility of Powerlifting being added into the programme. However, it is important to note that Powerlifting joining the competition programme is not yet guaranteed; BUCS and British Powerlifting will work closely to agree how it will be implemented. Success will enable powerlifting to be more readily promoted and supported in all universities and colleges with the added advantage of BUCS points able to be accrued.

The Board would like to sincerely thank Nathan and Ade for their excellent work on the proposal, which will certainly be very beneficial to British Powerlifting and university powerlifting.


We are pleased to announce an agreement with the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) to manage and administer British Powerlifting's Anti-Doping Programme. The IPF, in cooperation with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), will work with British Powerlifting to develop a Test Distribution Plan (TDP). This will define which athletes and competitions are to be included.

The IPF and CCES will implement the TDP covering in-competition and out-of-competition testing for both urine and blood samples. Three out of competition testing pools will be established and it is anticipated that up to 160 athletes will be included: four in the Registered Testing Pool (RTP), 12 in the Testing Pool (TP) and 144 in the National Federation Pool (NFP). We already have some of our top lifters in the RTP and the TP will include other international level lifters. Selected athletes will be notified direct and be required to enter their whereabouts into the WADA ADAMs.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) will only be required in advance for international level lifters, excluding masters and sub-juniors and the cost will be €100. In all other cases, if an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) is returned a retroactive TUE may be applied for, but the cost will be €385. These are the fees set by the IPF who will process all applications as well as AAFs.

Education is an important aspect and all members are strongly encouraged to visit WADA ADEL WADA Anti-Doping Education and Learning (ADEL) platform Anti-Doping Education and Learning ( It is already a mandatory requirement for all international lifters to complete the course and send in their certificates.

Please contact the CEO should you have any questions.


The notice for this year's AGM can be found here Notice of 2022 AGM 

British Powerlifting is the only UK powerlifting organisation that has a fully WADA compliant anti-doping programme, which is independently administered by the IPF. All of our anti-doping testing is carried out at our own expense. Elite GB lifters are selected by the IPF for inclusion in the Registered Testing Pool (RT) along with 144 lifters in the Testing Pool and National Testing Pool. All are subject to Out of Competition Testing (OCT). Read More >