WADA has recently warned the athletes to prepare for an updated list of banned substances. This list will come into force from 2017. It must be noted that the Wold Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), last year added meldonium to the list of banned substances. Interestingly, in the same year, many athletes were found to have tested positive for this drug.
Tennis ace Maria Sharapova is now serving a two-year ban for consuming this banned drug.
WADA president in a press statement published in BBC said that athletes and their entourage have a lot of time to prepare themselves for the list. He further added that WADA would have a zero tolerance policy to those who break the rules.
This updated list includes substances and methods banned in and out of competition and the list also includes the names of the substances which are banned in different sports.
WADA clarified in April that its scientists were not sure how long meldonium stayed in the athlete’s system. It also suggested that the athletes who tested positive before March 1 can avoid the bans on condition that they had stopped taking the same substance before 1st of January.
Maria Sharapova who tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January 2016 was imposed a two-year ban and hence from February she hasn’t been able to pay any games.
Sharapova while clarifying her stand said that she had been taking meldonium since 2006. Her health conditions compelled her to take this drug. She further added that she was unaware that meldonium was on the banned list of substances because she knew meldonium by the name of mildronate, thus forcefully asserting her innocence.
Significant modifications in the list according to swimswam.com include:
- Insulin-mimetics were added to category S4. Hormone and Metabolic Modulators, to include all insulin-receptor agonists; this includes hormone drug Leuprorelin
- Heart attack drug Meldonium (mildronate) was added to category S4.
- It was clarified that the ophthalmic use of carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (S5. Diuretics and Masking Agents) is permitted.
- It was clarified that clonidine (S6. Stimulants) is permitted.