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Doping: World Anti-Doping Agency to ban tramadol, widely used in cycling

Tramadol, a synthetic opiate, has been under surveillance but has not yet appeared on WADA’s list of banned foods and substances.

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Published on 23.09.2022 at 10:56
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L’The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has decided to ban tramadol, a pain reliever very commonly used, especially in competitive cycling, from 2024, and has left cannabis on its list of banned products following a meeting of its executive board, it said in a statement.

Tramadol, a synthetic opiate, has been under surveillance but has not yet appeared on WADA’s list of banned foods and substances, however, as of 2019, it has been banned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) medical regulations. Colombian rider Nairo Quintana has just been disqualified from the last Tour de France for using tramadol.

“The Executive Committee has complied with the recommendation of the Panel of Experts to ban tramadol from competition as of January 1, 2024,” WADA said after an Executive Council meeting in Australia that reviewed the banned list, which it reviews annually.

The delay will allow athletes and their entourage to implement this new ban.

In support of this ban, the AMA has highlighted studies showing the ability of this pain reliever to improve physical performance, which has been discussed so far.

In addition, the AMA reminds that tramadol, like all opioids, can be highly addictive. He is particularly involved in the opiate crisis that is shaking the United States.

In addition, the AMA has kept cannabis on its banned list. In September 2021, weeks after Sha’Karri Richardson was suspended for this reason, stripping the American Tokyo Olympic sprint star, WADA indicated that it would reconsider the inclusion of cannabis on the banned substance list.

In a press release, WADA explains on Friday that after reviewing the scientific literature and testimonials from athletes, it continues to ban cannabis in competition.

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