As an athlete am I subject to any sanctions in relation to doping?

Doping

The use of performance enhancing substances is a key issue which is tackled by many sports on a day to day basis. Often sports such as cycling and athletics have a lot of problems in relation to the use of banned substances but the use is by no means limited to those sports.

The regulation of the use of banned substances is overseen by the Worldwide Anti Doping Agency or WADA for short.

Worldwide Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

WADA produces a list each year detailing which substances the use of which will be banned from any sporting competition.

Where can I find this list of banned substances?

The WADA list of banned substances for 2010 can be found on the worldwide anti-doping agencies official website.

What are the Sanctions handed down by WADA?

The World Anti-Doping Agency Code specifies the following strict liability sentences for use of banned substances:

  • A first violation will attract a two year ban from participating in that sport
  • A second violation will attract a lifetime ban from participating in that sport

The prohibited list provided by WADA identifies certain specified substances which are often susceptible to the unintentional rule violations of anti-doping rules due to their general availability in standard medicinal products or which are less likely to be used as performance enhancing doping agents. In a situation where an athlete can establish that the use of such a specified substance was not in fact intended to enhance sporting performance the sanctions handed down may be reduced as follows:

  • For a first violation the minimum will be a warning or a reprimand with no ban being provided. At a maximum a first violation may attract a one year ban from participating in that sport
  • A second violation will attract a two year ban from participating in that sport
  • A third violation will attract a lifetime ban from participating in that sport

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