New banned substance list publishedSubscribe
Russell Langley 11 January 2003
UK Sport today urged athletes and their governing bodies to study the revised International Olympic Committee (IOC)/World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of banned substances.
The list has been updated to include, for the first time, a reference to genetic doping in addition to some minor changes to the current prohibited classes.
UK Sport, the body responsible for promoting ethically fair and drug-free sport in the UK, stressed how important it is for athletes and their support personnel to be aware of the changes and to check the implications for them.
"We know that the majority of athletes want to compete drug-free," explained Michele Verroken, Director of Drug-Free Sport. "Therefore, when changes are made to the list of banned substances we urge athletes to take time to have a look and ensure that they don’t fall foul of the rules. Medical support personnel should identify what changes are likely to impact on the athletes they have responsibility for, so they can offer advice accordingly.
"Athletes always need to remember the strict liability rules that exist in sport. If a banned substance in found in their sample then they will face the consequences. That why it is vital that they are up-to-date with what’s included on the list."
On the whole, the majority of changes made to the list of banned substances are clarifications of the existing classifications designed to ensure the precision of the prohibited list. The reorganisation of the sections means that some newly named substances (that have always been considered as prohibited under the related substances category) are now clearly identified.
Furthermore, as Richard Pound, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), explains, the inclusion of genetic doping is an important step forward: "By introducing the notion of genetic doping into the list, we are taking into account the important changes occurring in doping techniques.
"New medical technologies may pose new challenges in the fight against doping, but we, together with the scientific and medical communities, are ready to meet those challenges."