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WADA Prohibited List


Source: “The World Anti-Doping Code: The 2012 Prohibited List”

Both substances and methods (such as blood doping) are included in the Prohibited List. They will be included if they meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Potential to enhance sports performance
  • Actual or potential health risk to an athlete
  • Its use violates the spirit of sport.

Some substances or methods are included on the List because they have the potential to mask another prohibited substance or method.

Athletes should be cautious and remember the following:

  • Even if an athlete took a substance out-of-competition, if it is present in their sample for an in-competition test, it can result in an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).
  • Different substances will stay in the system for different lengths of time. This can range from 24 hours to six months.
  • It is difficult for medical staff to advise on the time it takes for a substance to pass through someone’s system, as it will differ from one athlete to another.
  • The safest way of being confident you have no substances in your system that are prohibited in-competition is to avoid them at all times.

Remember – always check your medications, even if you have checked previously. New substances can be added to the Prohibited List at any time.

-> Visit the official site of WADA

Last Revised: 04/12/2012


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