By Frank Bonada
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the 2024 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, effective from January 1, 2024.
The full list can be seen here
As a WADA Code signatory, the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) supports all changes made by WADA to uphold the sport’s integrity and keep the sport clean. IMMAF is the only governing body for MMA with WADA signatory status and has adhered to WADA-compliant anti-doping regulations for eight years.
Commitment to educating athletes on anti-doping has also been a priority. Education resources and webpages with key anti-doping information were made available to all members, athletes and coaches.
As well as in competition testing, which has been prominent at all Championships in 2023, IMMAF’s commitment to Anti-Doping includes the IMMAF Registered Testing Pool (RTP) which consists of IMMAF senior top-ranked athletes, to manage their Whereabouts information in the ADAMS system and continuously educate them.
IMMAF athletes, support personnel, including medical officers and coaches should ensure they comply with this list and the specified changes which apply from 1 January.
Athletes are strictly liable and solely responsible for any prohibited substance found in their body or prohibited method used. Where medically justified and if no permitted alternative is available, a Therapeutic Use Exemption must be obtained to permit use. In the first instance, athletes should apply through their National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO).
A summary of changes with explanatory information is available here.
For additional Anti-Doping information, visit the IMMAF Anti-Doping Website.