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 SubstancesManipulation of blood and blood components
Anabolic Androgenic SteroidsChemical or physical manipulation
Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors and related substancesGene 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.

Prohibited in-competition

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.

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