The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced today that it has advised both the Olympic Movement and Public Authorities, that the 2000 list of Prohibited Classes of Substances and Prohibited Methods published by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) remains in force until the Agency has reviewed the published IOC 2001 List, has made recommendations to the IOC on the final contents to the List and the IOC Executive Board enacts the necessary amendment to the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code (OMADC).

More specifically, WADA advised all relevant organizations that following publication in January of the 2001 List, it was discovered that the proper procedure, now part of the OMADC, for amendments to this List had, inadvertently, not been followed. According to Chapter 1, Article 4, amendments must first be recommended to the IOC Executive Board by the World Anti-Doping Agency Foundation Board, then adopted as an amendment to the OMADC, following which notification to the International Federations and National Olympic Committees is to be given in the manner determined by WADA.

Furthermore, the Agency noted that to ensure proper compliance, and to prevent any legal difficulty, organizations were advised that the List circulated in January 2001 is of no legal effect and should not be adopted.

With respect to review of the contents of the 2001 List, the Executive Committee of WADA announced approval last week of its Health, Medical and Research Committee’s recommendation that Terbutaline; an asthma medication that was added to the Prohibited Substances list by the IOC Medical Commission, be reinstated as a restricted substance (i.e., a substance which is not prohibited if prescribed and notified in advance).

It is anticipated that a formal recommendation to the IOC Executive Board will be made on behalf of WADA within approximately one month.

For further information please contact:

Mr Harri Syväsalmi
WADA Secretary General
Tel: + 41 79686 1855