What is Doping?

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) publishes the annually updated prohibited list, which is available for download at www.nada.at 

To be recorded in the Prohibited List a substance or method, must meet two of three criteria: (1) the potential to improve performance; (2) the potential to cause damage to health; (3) according to WADA violate the spirit of sport. In addition, substances and methods are prohibited that are not approved for the market or can disguise a doping application.

Who is Doping sanctioned?

Not only the application or administration of prohibited substances or methods is prohibited, but also their possession, trafficking and distribution. In addition, the evading, refusing or manipulation of doping control will be prosecuted. Assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, conspiring or covering up of violations of the anti-doping rules is prohibited as well as contact with athlete support personnel who are banned because of an anti-doping rule violation.

The "standard sanction" for an anti-doping rule violation is a four-year exclusion from all sports. In doping cases, caused by ignorance or lack of fault, the ban can be reduced or suspended, but conversely, it is also possible to impose lifelong bans for serious violations of the anti-doping rules.

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