2023 Banned Substances List From World Anti-Doping Agency Now in Effect (See Full Details)


2023 Prohibited Substances List From World Anti-Doping Agency Now in Effect

The World Anti-Doping Agency has announced that the list of prohibited substances for 2023 has gone into effect with the start of the new year. Most of the changes are minor, and WADA already announced the major points of legislation back in September.

Those changes including a ban on narcotic pain reliever tramadol, but that will not take effect until January 1, 2024 to allow for “broad communication and education of athletes, their entourage and medical personnel so that there is a better understanding of the practical implementation of tramadol prohibition in competition.”

Additionally, WADA also previously announced that cannabis and its primary ingredient, THC, will remain banned in competition. Cannabis is now legal in many U.S. states, and its prohibition came under scrutiny when American women’s track sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was banned from the Tokyo Olympics for testing positive for marijuana. WADA’s New Year’s Day release explained that recent changes to guidelines on THC have resulted in shorter suspensions, but the in-competition ban will remain in place.

WADA published the following conclusions in the release:

a. There is compelling medical evidence that Use of THC is a risk for health, mainly neurological, that has a significant impact on the health of young individuals, a cohort which is overrepresented in Athletes.

b. The current body of objective evidence does not support THC enhancement of physiological performance, while the potential for performance enhancement through neuropsychological effects still cannot be excluded.

c. In consideration of the values encompassed by the Spirit of Sport as outlined by the Ethics EAG, and noting in particular that respect for self and other participants includes the safety of fellow-competitors, the Use of THC In-competition violates the Spirit of Sport.

Cannabis is not banned out of competition, but WADA wrote, “Athletes in regions where cannabis use is legal are advised to refrain from consuming cannabis for a number of days before the start of competition.”

Substances that are now banned at all times include:

  • Anabolic Agents: Adrenosterone, Epistane and Ractopamine
  • Hormone and Metabolic Modulators: apitegromab and other antibodies of precursors of myostatin
  • Diuretics and Masking Agents: Torasemide
  • Manipulation of Blood and Blood Components: Voxelotor

Additionally, stimulants 1,3-dimethylamylamine, Solriamfetol, Tetryzoline are now banned in-competition only.

Read the full list of prohibited substances here.

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