Principles and Values associated with clean sport

Principles and Values associated with clean sport seek to maintain the integrity of sport in terms of respect for rules, other competitors, fair competition, a level playing field, and the value of clean sport to the world.

Spirit of Curling

The Spirit of Curling is a commonly used term in the sport. It refers to the respect curlers show, not only to one another, but also to the sport itself. It can be found on page one of our rule book and is the foundation of the sport.

Curling is a game of skill and of tradition. A shot well executed is a delight to see and it is also a fine thing to observe the time-honoured traditions of curling being applied in the true spirit of the game. Curlers play to win, but never to humble their opponents. A true curler never attempts to distract opponents, nor to prevent them from playing their best, and would prefer to lose rather than to win unfairly.

Curlers never knowingly break a rule of the game, nor disrespect any of its traditions. Should they become aware that this has been done inadvertently, they will be the first to divulge the breach.

While the main object of the game of curling is to determine the relative skill of the players, The Spirit of Curling demands good sportsmanship, kindly feeling and honourable conduct.

This spirit should influence both the interpretation and the application of the rules of the game and also the conduct of all participants on and off the ice.

Values associated with Clean Sport 

Anti-doping programs are founded on the intrinsic value of sport. This intrinsic value is often referred to as “the spirit of sport”: the ethical pursuit of human excellence through the dedicated perfection of each Athlete’s natural talents.

Anti-doping programs seek to protect the health of Athletes and to provide the opportunity for Athletes to pursue human excellence without the Use of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods.

Anti-doping programs seek to maintain the integrity of sport in terms of respect for rules, other competitors, fair competition, a level playing field, and the value of clean sport to the world.

The spirit of sport is the celebration of the human spirit, body and mind. It is the essence of Olympism and is reflected in the values we find in and through sport, including:

  • Health
  • Ethics, fair play and honesty
  • Athletes’ rights as set forth in the Code
  • Excellence in performance
  • Character and Education
  • Fun and joy
  • Teamwork
  • Dedication and commitment
  • Respect for rules and laws
  • Respect for self and other Participants
  • Courage
  • Community and solidarity

The spirit of sport is expressed in how we play true. Doping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport and that is why in curling the athletes are urged to #curlclean.

Principles Associated with Clean Sport


The quality of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values.


Respect is having a regard for other people and their lives; it is showing those around us compassion and empathy.


Responsibility is the state of having control over someone or something.

Athletes, support personnel and other groups are responsible for knowing their rights and responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code.

To be sportsmanlike requires athletes and their support personnel to take responsibility for their performance, as well as their actions on and off the field.


Fairness is the quality of treating people equally or in a way that is right and reasonable.

The principles associated with Clean Sport are consistent with the ‘Spirit of Curling’ and the World Curling Federation strongly supports them and promotes them through their #curlclean campaign.