Important Notice: Updated WADA Prohibited List Effective January 1, 2024
15 th of January 2024
We wanted to bring to your attention a crucial update regarding the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List, which came into effect on January 1, 2024.
One significant change in the updated list is the inclusion of Tramadol as a prohibited substance during competitions. As part of our commitment to fair play and anti-doping regulations, we strongly encourage you to carefully review the revised Prohibited List.
Major Modifications for 2024
All Major Modifications for 2024 are outlined in the 2024 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes, including the following particular information regarding tramadol:
On 23 September 2022, the ExCo endorsed the recommendation by WADA’s List Expert Advisory Group (EAG) to prohibit the narcotic tramadol in competition, effective 1 January 2024. The delay in implementation was to ensure stakeholders had enough time to learn and adapt to this change, especially as it pertained to the education of athletes, their entourage, and medical personnel.
Tramadol has been on WADA’s Monitoring Program and data gathered through that program have indicated significant use in sports. Tramadol abuse, with its risk of physical dependence, opiate use disorder and overdoses, is of concern worldwide and has led to it being a controlled drug in many countries. Research studies funded by WADA, as referenced in the Explanatory Note, have also confirmed the potential for tramadol to enhance sports performance.
If there are any uncertainties or questions regarding the new additions or any other aspects of the Prohibited List, please feel free to reach out to WADA, the International Testing Agency (ITA), or the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) for clarification.
If you have any questions or uncertainties about the new additions or any other aspects of the Prohibited List, please don’t hesitate to reach out to WADA, the International Testing Agency (ITA), or our organization, the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF), for clarification.
For your convenience, here is the link to the updated Prohibited List: https://www.wada-ama.org/en/resources/world-anti-doping-code-and-international-standards/prohibited-list
It’s crucial for all athletes to stay informed about these changes to ensure continued compliance with anti-doping policies.
Your dedication to the principles of clean and fair competition is highly appreciated.
Thank you for your attention to this matter