Tramadol officially banned in competition from 2024

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced a ban on tramadol in competitions. Contrary to what was initially mentioned, the ban will come into force from the 2024 season and not from 2023.

The Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has officially decided ban tramadola powerful painkiller, in competition since January 1, 2024. Until now, this synthetic opiate was under surveillance but did not appear on the list of substances or products prohibited by the AMA.

Only the International Cycling Union (UCI) had gone ahead of the AMA recommendations by banning the use of tramadol during competitions from 2019. This had notably earned Colombian Nairo Quintana a disqualification from the 2022 Tour de France. Starting in 2024, the same scenario would also be worth a suspension for an anti-doping rule violation.

To justify this listing, the AMA highlighted studies showing the ability of this pain reliever to improve physical performance, which had been discussed until now. He also recalled the strong dependence that the substance can cause.

At the end of an executive council held in Australia, it also announced its registration in 2024 and not 2023 for “ Allow athletes and their entourage to implement this prohibition. “.

Cannabis is still on the list of doping products

In addition, the AMA has placed cannabis on the list of prohibited products. In September 2021, after the suspension of Sha’Carri Richardson for this reason, depriving the American sprinter of the Tokyo Olympics, she indicated the review of the inclusion of cannabis in the list of prohibited substances. After a review of the scientific literature and testimonials from athletes, cannabis will continue to be prohibited in competition.

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