What are the rules?
Key Learnings
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The full list of prohibited substances and methods is updated every year and it is the player’s responsibility to know what is allowed and what is banned.
The golden rule for all athletes is the principle of strict liability, which implies that athletes take full responsibility for what they ingest.
As an athlete you cannot refuse or disrupt a doping control test.
Sanctions for violating anti-doping regulations may range from a reprimand to a lifetime ban.
Betting on basketball is strictly forbidden for basketball players.
Never share inside information
Always report to FIBA any fact or suspicion concerning match fixing by using the reporting tool on FIBA’s website.
Every person in sport, in every role, has the right to participate in an environment that is fun, safe, and healthy, and to be treated with respect, dignity and fairness.
All forms of harassment, vilification, and abuse, be it physical, professional, or sexual, and inflicting, facilitating, or tolerating any non-accidental physical or mental injuries are strictly prohibited by FIBA.
Anyone with knowledge of abusive conduct (not only the person suffering it) has the right and moral obligation to notify and formally complain.

Abusive behaviour in social media

Technology has been responsible for many advances in modern sport, helping us share, learn, and communicate more effectively. Use of social media platforms has led a range of benefits for sport and recreation clubs, but with that has come inevitable issues. (see further: Social Media)

Common social media issues

  • Cyberbullying
    The use of digital technology to threaten, menace, harass, and humiliate an individual or group. In sport, cyberbullying may look like online racism, targeted threats, intimidation to team members and opposition players, coaches, and teams, defaming of referees, coaches, management, or unsubstantiated claims of drug-taking or favouritism.
  • Image-based abuse
    Known colloquially as ‘revenge porn’ or the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, is another harmful online activity which can affect players.

Other social media abuses may include cyber abuse, offensive or illegal content, sexting, unwanted contact, social engineering, and social networking.


Reporting social media abuse

  • Keep record
    • Take screenshots or photos of the cyberbullying content
    • Save or record evidence of the webpage addresses (URLs) or social media services where the content has been shared
    • Always record the time and date


  • ​​​​​​​Report & block
    • Report it to the platform where it took place
    • Use the platform or device settings to block the person


  • Make a complaint
    • ​​​​​​​If you are under 18 years old, you can report seriously threatening, intimidating, harassing or humiliating online behaviour to your local authorities
    • Check with an adult and with your National Federation for help