The Clean Protocol is the beginning of a movement towards clean sport.

It was first created in 2012 in response to several doping scandals particularly in cycling such as the US Postal/Armstrong scandal. Around that time the public perception of athletes changed and the presumption of doping was more commonplace where elite sport was involved. But the standard response from athletes and sports organisations was to continue to profess their drug free performances when logic and observation suggested otherwise.

World sport relies on an anti-doping system to be enforced by the very same sports organisations who rely on funding and sponsorship for the performance of their services.  The coordination of those efforts and the setting of standards by the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) is also problematic especially given their funding is sourced from the International Olympic Committee and the world’s governments.  Given the limitations of the prevailing system is it any wonder that many athletes and those who work within anti-doping organisations are disillusioned with the limitations of the current WADA system?  Is it reasonable to expect these same organisations alone to create cultural or behavioural change towards clean sport?

The Clean Protocol is an initial attempt to address the challenge of clean sport and benefits from beginning with a fresh perspective starting from first principles after identifying the problem.  The insight was to look at the doping problem in sport as a social and cultural issue and then propose a practical solution that inverts the chase to identify cheats and instead tries to identify those who most likely compete clean.  In conjunction with extensive research and consultation with athletes, coaches and a range of multi-disciplinary professionals a multi-tiered certification protocol was developed as a working model that could create change towards clean sport.  Simply put, the Clean Protocol attempts to distinguish the clean athletes and in doing so promote social change towards cleaner sport.

The method used by the Clean Protocol involves testing the athlete or their closest sports entourage not with traditional bio-medical testing but rather by combining cognitive and psychometric measures.  The testing process recognises that doping almost always involves attitudinal intention and deception and it is therefore reasonable to begin from that perspective.  But the Clean Protocol should be able to responsibly adapt and evolve over time.

The vision for Clean Protocol is to complement the current anti-doping system with its focus on education, testing, investigation and enforcement and make a significant symmetrical contribution by distinguishing and promoting the clean athletes to create viable social and cultural change towards clean sport.  After all, clean sport is for all.

This is an ambitious and difficult project because change is never easy.  The change can begin with a single committed athlete or sports organisation anywhere in the World.  If that is you then talk to us or register to receive updates on our progress, and follow us on facebook or twitter @Clean_Protocol.

Yours in clean sport,

Teague Czislowski
Clean Protocol