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WPA Anti-Doping Policy
In addition to the Water Polo Australia Anti-Doping Policy, for the latest information on anti-doping and to access all appropriate forms and information, visit the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) website. Further information can also be found on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) website.
The Water Polo Australia Supplements Policy requires athletes and support personnel to sign and return a dedicated form (the Athlete Acknowledgement and Undertaking, p. 13), stating they have read and understood it. Athletes are also responsible for completing the supplements register in the AMS.
- Athlete Advisory: Higenamine and DMBA
- 2017 Prohibited Substances List
- Global DRO – Australia’s new online medications search tool for sports
- TUE applications (Nov 2015)
- Changes to WADA Prohibited Substances and Methods (Sep 2014)
- Hypoxia-Inducible Factor (HIF) activators Xenon and Argon have been added to the 2014 Prohibited List
- Athlete Advisory – supplements and prohibited stimulants
- Amendments to the 2015 WADA Code
- Significant changes between the 2009 Code and the 2015 Code
- ASADA introduces Athlete Biological Passport for Australian athletes
- ASADA ´Get Educated´ Program
4 November 2016
Athlete Advisory: Higenamine and DMBA
ASADA has advised all Australian athletes subject to doping control to be especially cautious of any supplements which list Higenamine or DMBA in their ingredient list. Lists of specific supplements which claim to contain these ingredients are below.
This substance is a Beta-2 Agonist (which allow the lungs to take in more oxygen) and is banned both in and out of competition. If detected in your sample, you face up to a four year ban from sport.
Higenamine is typically described as a ‘natural’ extract or by-product and also goes by the following names:
- Tinospora crispa
Athletes are advised to avoid using higenamine powder, and any supplements which list higenamine on their ingredient list.
This includes the following supplements which are advertised as containing Higenamine:
- Alpha T2
- PES Amphamine Advanced
DMBA, or 1,3-dimethylbutylamine, is classed as an S6 stimulant on the Prohibited List and is banned in-competition.
If this substance is detected in your sample, you face up to a four year ban from sport.
The substance is also known by many other names including:
- AMP Citrate
- Butylamine, 1,3-dimethyl-
- 4-methyl-, 4-methylpentan-2-amine
ASADA has previously issued a warning about 1,3-dimethylbutylamine, following a study which found a range of supplements contained the substance.
The following supplements are advertised as containing DMBA:
- APN Intense
- LGI Fully Loaded Amplified
- Hybrid Performance Nutrition PreAMP
- Prime Nutrition PWO/STIM
6 October 2016
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have released their list of banned substances for 2017. These will go into effect as of 1 January 2017.
WADA has reminded all athletes to consult the list prior to it taking effect and ensure they have attained at TUE to be allowed to use any of the substances on the list for medical reasons.
Substances added to the list include: anabolic agents, peptide hormones and growth factors, beta-2-agonists, hormone and metabolic modulators, stimulants, narcotics and glucocorticoids.
For further information see the links below.
Searching for a medication or substance through the ASADA website has changed … for the better.
ASADA has adopted Global DRO, a new mobile-enhanced replacement for our previous search tool, Check your substances. While we have retained the name Check your substances on our website (as it has become a familiar term to the Australian sporting community), searchers will now be directed to the Global DRO online reference directory.
Global DRO provides the same critical information to athletes and support personnel about the prohibited status of specific substances under the rules of sport, based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. Searchers can find the status of various ingredients and brands, and more specifically whether they are classified as “Prohibited”, “Not Prohibited”, or “Conditional”.
For further information – click here.
The Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee (ASDMAC) will be making some adjustments to the application process for TUEs from 2016 onward. The information below briefly outlines the changes.
Historically, ASDMAC has processed TUE applications for any athlete who applied, however the WADA Code and the WADA International Standard for TUEs only require national level athletes to obtain an in‑advance TUE. From early 2016 the ASDMAC process will change so that athletes will only be required to apply for an in-advance TUE should they meet the following criteria:
- The substance they need to use is on the WADA Prohibited List,
- They are on the ASADA Registered Testing Pool or Domestic Testing Pool, and/or
- They are a member of the national senior team/squad, and/or
- They will be competing in the open age national championships or any of the other events specifically listed on the website by ASDMAC
All other athletes will be eligible, as per the International Standard, to apply for a retroactive TUE in the event they are actually tested and the test returns an adverse analytical finding. Such athletes are strongly encouraged to have their medical file prepared and ready to demonstrate their satisfaction of the TUE conditions in the case of an adverse finding. Compiling all the necessary paperwork from medical experts and specialists can make applying for a TUE a costly and time consuming exercise. ASDMAC hopes that these changes will alleviate the significant burden on a large number of athletes who apply for TUE’s but may never actually be tested.
For Water Polo, ASDMAC is intending to list the following event(s) as those for which an in-advance TUE is required.
- 2015-2016 National Water Polo League
The World Anti-Doping Agency have introduced amendments to section S2.1 of the 2014 list of ‘Prohibited Substances and Methods’. These changes will be in force from September 1, 2014.
The changes to the list read as follows:
S2. PEPTIDE HORMONES, GROWTH FACTORS AND RELATED SUBSTANCES
The following substances, and other substances with similar chemical structure or similar biological effect(s), are prohibited:
1. Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents [e.g. erythropoietin (EPO), darbepoetin (dEPO), hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) stabilizers and activators (e.g. xenon, argon), methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta (CERA), peginesatide (Hematide)].
More than half of the Australian athletes banned from sport in 2013 tested positive to a prohibited stimulant found within a supplement product.
Such is the concern of this trend, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) has asked all sports to pass on an advisory to athletes and support personnel. We strongly urge you to take a moment to read this notice.
The prohibited stimulant methylhexaneamine continues to be an issue in Australia and overseas, however ASADA is seeing the emergence of other prohibited stimulants found in supplements.
Laboratory analysis identified a batch of:
- DS Craze contained a prohibited stimulant N,alpha-diethyl-benzeneethanamine (analysed late 2012)
- Mesomorph 2.0 contained the prohibited stimulants Oxilofrine (also known as Methylsynephrine, Hydroxyephrine, and Oxyephrine), Phenpromethamine, and Beta-methylphenethylamine (chemical structure similar to amphetamine) (analysis results received in April 2014).
The supplement Viking Before Battle, which is available in Australia, lists the substance Methyl Synepherine on the ingredients label. Despite the difference in spelling this substance is the same as the prohibited stimulant Methylsynephrine.
While not all the stimulants referred to are specifically named on WADA’s Prohibited List, they are all classed as Category 6b stimulants on the List and are prohibited in-competition. There are athletes currently serving, or possibly facing, two-year bans from sport following positive tests for these stimulants.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) considers N,alpha-diethyl-benzeneethanamine to be an analogue of the border controlled substance methamphetamine under the Criminal Code (C’wth). The product DS Craze is subject to seizure by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and, under existing arrangements between the agencies, will be referred to the AFP for investigation and prosecution action.
ASADA cautions athletes to take extreme care when it comes to supplements—if you use supplements containing prohibited substances you are risking your health, career and reputation.
As you compete under an anti-doping policy you need to think carefully about the use of supplements, especially those that make performance and endurance promises in their marketing. Read the ingredients label, does it say ‘proprietary blend’? If it does, there is no telling what has been added in the manufacturing process and this is the risk you take.
ASADA does not give approval to any supplement product. They know athletes use supplements, but while the supplement manufacturing process is unregulated and can lead to the contents varying from batch to batch, ASADA will never be able to give a specific supplement the all clear.
Under the World Anti-Doping Code athletes are responsible for any substance found in their body. There are numerous instances around the world where athletes have been sanctioned after using supplements that they thought were safe, but were actually contaminated with prohibited substances.
Further information about supplements and the steps you can take to help minimise your risk is available online on the ASADA´s website. Just search for ‘supplements’.
Amendments to the 2015 WADA Code
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) approved amendments to the Code, which will come into effect on 1 January 2015.
This information can be found here.
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is introducing an Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) into Australian sport from 1 July 2012.
What is an Athlete Biological Passport?
The ABP is an electronic record of an athlete’s biological values that is developed over time from multiple collections of blood samples. The ABP differs from traditional detection methods by looking for the effects of blood doping rather than detecting the prohibited substances or methods used. The advantage of this approach is the biological effects of a performance-enhancing agent are commonly present and detectable for a longer period than the agent itself. Programs incorporating an ABP have been successfully implemented internationally.
A number of cases relying on the ABP have successfully been run through the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The ABP will be focused on Australia’s elite athletes; however, all athletes in ASADA’s testing jurisdiction should be aware they can be selected for ABP testing.
What it will mean for Australian athletes?
The program will affect the way Australian athletes provide blood samples and new testing procedures will be implemented to accommodate the ABP. The main differences to the current process will be:
- The ABP testing process will include a two-hour waiting period following training or competition.
- ASADA will be collecting information from athletes via a questionnaire, which will take about ten minutes to complete.
The questionnaire will also be used in ASADA’s traditional blood testing program, however, the two hour waiting period, following training or competition, will only apply to athletes tested under ABP conditions. Further information Full details of the testing process are available through ASADA’s revised Athlete Testing Guide, located on the ASADA website. Further information can also be found on ASADA’s website.
ASADA has launched an anti-doping education tool in which you can register to access information necessary for all members of Australia’s sporting community. It provides everyone with the opportunity to learn about the key areas of anti-doping such as prohibited substances and methods, therapeutic use exemptions, doping control and whereabouts. Click here to register.
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