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 athletes’ 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.
Involvement in illegal sports betting can result not only in acquiring debts or being subject to public humiliation, but also seriously damage your professional sports career.
By educating yourself about betting laws and regulations you can make sure to avoid situations that put you or your career at risk.
Learning how to limit and reduce stress in your life can help prevent it from leading to conflict.
Everybody reacts differently to conflict. Understanding and acknowledging someone’s approach to conflict is an important step to move forward and resolve the conflict before it gets out of hand.

Protecting the integrity of the sport

Fair play sits at the core of sporting competition. Without fair play the essence of sport is destroyed. This is why FIBA values fair play, and why we hope that each and every basketball player follows the FIBA Code of Conduct and Fair Play both on and off the court.

The concept of fair play is a fundamental part of the game of basketball. It represents the positive benefits of playing by the rules and respecting fellow players, referees, opponents and fans. Fair play is based on integrity, fairness and respect. Fair play captures the sporting, moral, and ethical principles which FIBA stands for and for which it will continue to fight in the future, regardless of the influences and pressures there may be.

Off the court, one of the biggest temptations today is the ethical behaviour behind sport betting. As an athlete it is important to understand how betting can affect you differently than the average person. Since you have influence over games and access to information that other people do not, there are rules and regulations that must be understood in order to be protected against negative effects of betting.

By educating yourself about the fair play principles and betting regulations you can safeguard yourself from making mistakes that could harm your career. If you have any questions on sports betting in your country do not hesitate to ask questions or contact your national federation or FIBA. It is always better to ask for advice than to unintentionally break the law.