WADA PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE LIST (no edits) & WADA LABS ACROSS ALL FEDERATIONS
BY JIM EVANS & BEN YOSEF
Currently, some organizations comply strictly with the WADA banned substance list in its entirety. Others claim to follow the WADA guidelines but allow exceptions based on what “they” believe should not apply to their sport. (How that qualifies as following WADA guidelines, I don’t know). Still others don’t claim to adhere to WADA guidelines at all and defend their tolerance of certain substances banned by WADA based on their own pseudo “experts” who pretend to know more than the WADA team of international scientists who have been doing this for a very long time.
The banned substance lists used by those organizations that provide for exceptions are largely based on WADA standards anyway, so why is it so difficult to compromise and simply accept the WADA banned substance list “as is” without exceptions? Virtually every other sport in the world from Skeet to Synchronized Swimming accepts the list without exception even though each sport might well have an argument for an exception of its own. It is called compromise for the good of each sport and, indeed, for the good of all by creating a level playing field across the board without exceptions.
WHICH EXPERTS ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE? THOSE WHO HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN THESE SUBSTANCES OR ONE THAT IS TOTALLY IMPARTIAL?
Why is it so important for certain Natural Bodybuilding organizations to so vigorously defend their exceptions to the WADA banned substance list at the expense of dividing the sport? If those exceptions are truly not relative to Bodybuilding, then what should it matter if they are banned? Is it just a matter of principal (no one is going to tell me what to do) or might these “exceptions” surreptitiously serve as enhancements to give the athletes in their organization an edge and attract more fans and/or competitors? Or, could they be afraid of losing nutritional sponsors that market these substances in their products?
Despite the protestations and pseudo-scientific blathering of some Natural Bodybuilding and nutritional company “experts” that these particular substances do not enhance or in any way benefit natural athletes, WADA does not include them on their banned substance list without good research and without good reason. Which experts are you going to believe? Those who have a vested interest in these substances or one that is totally impartial? And, let’s be honest – if these substances didn’t work, the athletes wouldn’t use them. That should tell you something.
WADA is the most respected drug testing organization in the WORLD for performance-enhancing drugs. It is the “gold standard,” and its banned substance list is updated every year to keep up with the latest science and technology. Why reinvent the wheel? It’s time for all of the top organizations to accept the WADA banned substance list once and for all. Not just the parts they like. If not, why not? Natural athletes deserve to know the truth – not the spin.
COULD CAFFEINE LAND ON A BANNED LIST?
RESPONSE WADA adds many substances to their Prohibited List when they have seen patterns of abuse. At the time of this article caffeine has not been banned. However, it is on the “Monitored” List for “In Competition substances.” Which, again, means that WADA has seen patterns of abuse with it and is keeping an eye out.
Here is an example of what happens: This may seem funny but could actually occur. Let’s say an athlete is looking for an edge but doesn’t want to resort to using “the hard stuff.” So, said athlete goes to their local grocery store and purchases a large jar of Folgers instant coffee. Now, if you think about it, that jar is very similar to a bottle of pills that someone may be prescribed for a medical condition. Meaning, the prescribed dosage may be two pills in a bottle of 100. And taking any more than two at a time during the prescribed timeframe could be hazardous to one’s health. And, depending on the actual medication, could be fatal. I am sure you would agree that if someone consumed an entire jar of Folgers instant, they would have some serious problems.
So, what if an athlete decides to use an amount of Folgers far exceeding the recommended few teaspoons…and they mix it with only 4 ounces of steamed water creating a thick, tar-like concoction. What if they consumed this in order to deliver a potent caffeine rush when performing at a sporting event, and actually lived to tell about it? Then, this person communicates their brilliant new method through social media and their network of athletes and a trend begins…
Well, this is exactly the sort of abuse that WADA monitors. What is also important is the difference between prohibited “In Competition” and prohibited “At All Times”, as well as the level (amount) of a substance in an athlete’s system (in our case, urine sample).
In Competition refers to substances that cannot be in an athletes systems at the time the sample is collected. Could caffeine land on a banned list? Perhaps. But then, it would come down to the amount of caffeine in an athlete’s system. If it is over a certain level, then yes…the athlete would be in violation.
Then there is the Prohibited At All Times list. This list, due to the severity of the substances on it, are not allowed at anytime. Caffeine WILL NOT end up on this list.
THE LANCE ARMSTRONG EFFECT?
RESPONSE True, there will always be cheaters out there who take the risk. Lance Armstrong-types stand to benefit greatly from the edge their cheating gives them. In many cases we are talking millions of dollars and endorsement contracts. Natural Bodybuilding on the other hand…not so much.
That being said WADA is the leader in policing drug use in sports, globally. They are the gold-standard and they are on the frontlines in the war against PEDs. Until there is something better, WADA will have to do.
DO WE NEED TO TEST BIKINI COMPETITORS?
ARGUMENT Some divisions, such as Bikini, do not have a real drug problem, and should not be subjected to such tests.
RESPONSE Bikini competitors are actually among the biggest “users” of banned substances in the sport, especially within the non-tested federations. The sad thing here is that many of these athletes have no idea what they are consuming. It is often the coaches and trainers that give girls the drugs. Several of the most common banned substances are Clenbuterol, 7 keto DHEA, T-3, and Estrogen Blockers.
ARGUMENT My federation already uses a lab. Why do we need to change?
RESPONSE The WADA Panel (list of substances that are being tested for) is far more extensive than other labs. Again, WADA is the Gold Standard. NMI
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