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WADA/IPF Rule Clarification

This new guidance follows a meeting with the IPF by our competition director whilst out at the World Open Championships.

These rules apply only to Powerlifting and Bench press only, should an athlete from another sport wish to come to powerlifting they are encouraged to do so, as long as once they join us they remain WADA compliant.

Should an athlete associate with a banned lifter they then become ineligible and non compliant with the WADA code. We as a wider federation can not dictate where you train, and what you do in your spare time, all we ask is that athletes do not train together or receive coaching/ treatment from anyone serving an IPF doping violation.


Athlete 1 - lifts locally with non WADA compliant federation . Wants to lift locally with BP - Yes!

Athlete 2 - Lifts locally only with non WADA compliant federation. Wants to lift Nationally with BP - Yes!

Athlete 3 - Lifts nationally with non WADA compliant federation and wishes to lift nationally with BP - YES! - Provided they tender their resignation to the federation and pledge from there forward to remain powerlifting BP only to remain WADA compliant.

Athlete 4 - lifts internationally for a non WADA compliant federation and wishes to lift nationally with BP - NO! They must wait a period of 12 months from the international competition to be eligible to compete at national level with BP.


Coach 1 - coaches locally with other federations, can they coach with BP? Yes!

Coach 2 - coaches at National level with other federations , can they coach with BP and also lift at national level with BP? Yes! Provided they remain WADA compliant moving forward and no longer coach at national level.

Coach 3 - coaches at international level with other federations, want to coach and or lift for BP internationally - NO! They must wait a period of 12 months to be able to lift nationally and be considered for International selection as a coach or athlete.


Lifters have a duty of care and a responsibility to remain WADA compliant and within the parameters of the bylaws and articles of association.

We thank you for your time, and hope that this new clarification of Article 14 makes some clear guidance for all our athletes and coaches.

We wish you well, and may all your lights be white.

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 >