Key changes to the 2018 anti-doping prohibited list are right around the corner. All athletes need to be familiar with these changes.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) through the Australian Sports Anti- Doping Authority (ASADA) released their 2018 prohibited list earlier this year. Before January 1 rolls around in just five days time, all athletes need to make themselves familiar with what it says.

The Prohibited List sets out which substances and methods are banned in sport and are updated yearly. This occurs in response to scientific and medical research, trends and intelligence gathered from law enforcement and pharmaceutical companies.

As an athlete, who is part of BMX Australia and the wider Australian sporting community, it is your responsibility – and your responsibility only – to make sure that you have a clean plate before you participate.

While you may receive advice from others including coaches, or parents on what you can and cannot take, you are the one who is accountable for what is in your body.

This list comes into effect on January 1. If you believe that you are eligible for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), you must apply for it.

The updated list features major and minor modifications, here are two key highlights.

  • IV Infusion Intake – The initial law was that it was prohibited to receive IV infusion greater than 50ml in a six-hour period. As of January 1st 2018, this has been changed to 100m in a twelve-hour period.
  • The clarification of Cannabidiol, synthetic cannabis is not prohibited. However, riders should remain cautious as the cannabidiol is extracted from cannabis plants, it may contain varying concentrations of THC which is a prohibited substance.

Some key changes to the List are highlighted below, however all athletes should access the full 2018 Prohibited List, as well as information about major modifications via the WADA website.

ASADA’s Check Your Substances (Global DRO) online tool will be updated in the new year when the changes come into effect.

View the original news release from ASADA here.