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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has now published the 2017 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods; along with, the 2017 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes. The List, which is one of five International Standards that are mandatory for all Signatories of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), designates what substances and methods are prohibited both in- and out-of-competition and which substances are banned in particular sports.

The 2017 list will come into force January 1st 2017, but WADA releases the list 3 months prior to official enforcement so that all stakeholders – in particular athletes and their entourage – have ample time to familiarize themselves.

While, ultimately, the athlete is responsible for knowing what substances and methods are on the List and for the substances in his or her body; IFMA would like to ensure that all its member National Federations make sure that we do everything we can in this regard to help keep them clean.

The list has been published on the IFMA website and we encourage all NFs to distribute this important information to those directly affected by it… our most important asset, the ATHLETES.

We would like to remind all NFs that it is our mandate, our responsibility and our task to ensure that we protect the clean athlete by holding accountable those that do not respect the pillar of FAIR PLAY, and by educating and informing those that do.