Meeting in Montreal (CAN) last weekend, the WADA Executive Committee of which FIS President Gian Franco Kasper is a member, approved the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods for 2009. This new List will be published online by 1st October, 2008, and will go into effect on 1st January, 2009.
The 2009 List offers a number of changes compared to the 2008 List, including modifications to align the 2009 List with the more flexible sanctions set forth in the revised 2009 WADA Code that will come into effect on 1st January. The objective of this flexibility is to allow for enhanced sanctions for deliberate doping offenders, and reduced sanctions for those who can unequivocally establish that the substance involved was not intended to enhance performance.
As a result, while all prohibited methods, the classes of anabolic agents and hormones, as well as stimulants and hormone antagonists and modulators so identified on the 2009 Prohibited List maintain their status, the remainder of prohibited substances will now be considered as specified substances for the purpose of more flexible sanctions. In these cases, the sanction may be reduced as low as a reprimand and no period of ineligibility. At the same time, the use of non-specified substances should be more likely to result in a standard two-year ban for a first anti-doping rule violation, or to a ban of up to four years in aggravating circumstances.
WADA’s Executive Committee also approved scientific research projects for funding totaling US$6.5 million and approved the accreditation of a new laboratory in New Delhi, India. In addition, the Executive Committee approved a new International Standard and two revised International Standards seeking to harmonize technical aspects in the fight against doping. Regarding the new International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information, the Executive Committee asked WADA’s management to continue its discussions with European governments to see whether any further improvements might be made.