The painkiller had already been banned by the medical regulations of the International Cycling Union since 2019.
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A new product banned in sport. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has decided to ban Tramadol in competition from 2024, according to a statement shared after a meeting of its executive council on Friday, September 23.
— WADA (@wada_ama) September 23, 2022
Tramadol, a synthetic opiate and painkiller frequently used by athletes, was under surveillance but did not appear until now in the list of products and substances prohibited by WADA. On the other hand, it had been prohibited by the medical regulations of the International Cycling Union (UCI) since 2019. The Colombian rider Nairo Quintana was also disqualified in August from the last Tour de France for using Tramadol.
“The Executive Committee has followed the expert panel’s recommendation to ban Tramadol in competition from January 1, 2024”, said the AMA. The delay will allow athletes and their entourage to implement this new ban. “Research and studies conducted by the AMA have confirmed the potential of Tramadol to improve physical performance”also justified the agency.
In addition, the AMA also left cannabis on the list of prohibited products. In September 2021, a few weeks after the suspension of Sha’Carri Richardson, depriving the American star sprinter of the Tokyo Olympics, the AMA had indicated that it would reconsider the listing of cannabis as a banned substance.