the WADA It has just published the main changes in doping in all sports for this year 2023, including football.
The list is published before it goes into effect so that players, player support personnel, and other interested parties can be aware of the changes. Players are ultimately responsible for any prohibited substances found in their bodies and any prohibited methods used. Player support personnel are also responsible for anti-doping rule violations if they are found to be complicit. In case of any doubt, the players and their entourage should contact the UEFA Anti-Doping Unit.
It should be noted that the big change will come with Tramadol from January 1, 2024 and that it will become a doping substance. WADA’s decision to delay enforcement until 2024 is to provide an additional year for extensive communication and education of players, their entourage, and medical personnel so that there is better practical application of the tramadol ban in competition. It will also give the scientific community time to fine-tune the exact details of the procedure so that fairness for players can be ensured.
Tramadol has been on the WADA monitoring program and data collected through that program has indicated significant use in sport. The abuse of tramadol, with its risks of physical dependence, opioid addiction, and overdose in the general population, is concerning and has led to its being a controlled drug in many countries. WADA research studies have confirmed Tramadol’s potential to enhance athletic performance.
Therapeutic use exemptions with prior authorization from UEFA
In addition to the WADA report, UEFA reminds that all players who participate in UEFA competitions or friendly matches of the A national team and need to use a prohibited substance or a prohibited method for therapeutic reasons must request prior authorization from UEFA by presenting an application through the digital application form.
The complete file of medical tests and the written consent of the player and the treating doctor must be submitted with the application. Except in cases of medical emergency, doctors must not administer a prohibited substance or prohibited method before it has been granted or recognized by UEFA.