The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the 2019 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, and UKAD has pulled out all the key bits you should know before it comes into effect on 1 January.
Whether you’re an athlete, coach, physio or doctor, it’s vital you are aware of the changes, so you don’t get caught out and end up with a ban from sport. The list is updated every October, giving you time to get to grips with any changes before the New Year, but be aware that changes can also be made to the Prohibited List throughout the year.
Several of the changes for 2019 relate to supplements, or ingredients commonly found within them. UKAD advises athletes to take a food-first approach to nutrition where possible, as no guarantees can ever be made that a supplement is free from banned substances.
If you’re in any doubt about any medications or their ingredients, you can check them on the Global DRO website. Supplements can be checked on the Informed Sport website, but please be aware this only minimises the risk, no guarantee can be given that any particular supplement is free from prohibited substances.
If you’re still uncertain, you can contact [email protected].
Basketball England's lead for Anti-Doping is Brian Aldred. He can be contacted using the button below.
UKAD's summary regarding the changes for 2019 is also available using the button below.