WADA publishes its 2020 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) List designates what substances and methods are prohibited in and out of competition, and which are banned in particular sports for 2020.

The list comes into effect on Wednesday 1 January 2020 and was approved by the WADA Executive Committee on 23 September 2019. Announced in advance of it coming into effect, athletes and coaches have three months to acquaint themselves with any modifications that may affect them.

The list has been drawn up following an extensive consultation and review process by WADA’s Health, Medical and Research Committee, before the Executive Committee approves it. This comprehensive process aims to ensure that new substances and methods with doping potential, which are either currently on the market or in development, are included on the list.

Athletes are responsible for any prohibited substances found in their body and any prohibited methods found to have been used. Elite athletes with a legitimate medical reason for using a prohibited substance or method need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) in order for this use to be accommodated. Age-Group athletes and all other British Triathlon members are not required to apply prior to competition, however will need to apply retroactivley following any adverse analytical finding. 

The 2020 List and summary of changes from 2019 are available below, however for more information please visit the WADA website here.

Olivier Niggli, WADA Director General, said: “WADA is pleased to announce the publication of the 2020 Prohibited List. Updated annually, the List undergoes an extensive consultation period with a wide array of anti-doping stakeholders from around the globe. This helps us to protect not only the integrity of sport, but the health of athletes worldwide.”




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