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WADA To Shorten Punishments For Recreational Drug Offenses

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is making some changes, where they won't issue long suspensions for athletes testing positive for recreational drugs out of competition.

Instead of being banned for two years, the athletes will now be banned for one to three months, according to Reuters.

The policy change, for reduced sanctions, will come into effect from January 1 of next year, with a stronger focus on catching athletes who use performance enhancing drugs.


The WADA rule change will see athletes serving suspensions have their punishments reduced to three months. If they agree to complete a rehab treatment program, the suspension will be reduced to one month.

"If the athlete can establish that any ingestion or use occurred out of competition and was unrelated to sport performance, then the period of ineligibility shall be three months," WADA's new code says.

"In addition, the period of ineligibility calculated... may be reduced to one month if the athlete or other person satisfactorily completes a substance of abuse treatment program approved by the Anti-Doping Organisation."

WADA approved a revision of the World Anti-Doping Code in November 2019 after a two-year consultation process.

There will also be an introduction to a new Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV), to ensure whistleblowers who share information on doping in sport are protected. WADA states that discouraging an individual to come forward or retaliation will count as an offense.

Additionally, use of  multiple prohibited substances can add an additional two years to a ban. And falsifying documents will count as a separate offence.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Jkp on 08-07-2020

Ukad, also announced they will continue to allow dianabol in Matchroom fighters samples

Comment by Bigchip on 08-07-2020

Doesn’t matter. This just goes in line with the fact that this sport doesn’t care about drug use. It starts with the commissions and you can look at a few of the top boxers in the sport and how they…

Comment by Dip_Slide on 08-07-2020

never understood how weed should be considered a PED. there were athletes who were banned for 5 years for this shıt.

Comment by BodyBagz on 08-07-2020

Any drug that calms a person should not be considered a PED :lol1:

Comment by Mindgames on 08-07-2020

There should be more drugs test for some of these judges.

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