The prohibited list
The Prohibited List is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and details all substances and methods which are prohibited or banned in sport. It is updated every year on January 1.
A substance or method may be included on the list if it meets any two of the following criteria:
- it has the potential to enhance sporting performance
- it presents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete
- it violates the spirit of sport.
You can view the full WADA 2019 Prohibited List here, but the tables below gives you a basic summary of the kinds of substances and methods that are banned in sport.
Prohibited AT ALL TIMES (in and out of competition)
|Non Approved Substances||Manipulation of blood and blood components|
|Anabolic Androgenic Steroids||Chemical or physical manipulation|
|Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors and related substances||Gene doping|
|Hormone and Metabolic Modulators|
|Diuretics and other Masking Agents|
Some substances are only prohibited in-competition, i.e. if you are tested at or during a sporting event, games, regatta etc.
|Stimulants, such as Pseudoephedrine (at certain levels), Amphetamines, Adrenaline, Cocaine, Ephedrine|
|Narcotics, such as Morphine, Pethidine, Fentanyl.|
|Cannabinoids (including synthetic), such as Marijuana, THC, Kronic, Spice etc.|
|Systemic glucocorticoids, such as oral prednisone, systemic injections and rectal applications.|
In certain sporting competitions, the following are also tested for:
|Alcohol (check individual International Federation rules)|
|Beta-Blockers, such as Betaloc and Timolol|
Remember, under the anti-doping rules you are responsible for everything found in your body, whether you intended to cheat through drug use or not. This means you should always check everything you take: medications (both prescribed and over the counter), supplements, vitamins, vaccinations, energy drinks – everything.