What are the rules?
Key Learnings
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The full list of prohibited substances and methods is updated every year and it is the athletes’ responsibility to know what is allowed and what is banned.
The golden rule for all athletes is the principle of strict liability, which implies that athletes take full responsibility for what they ingest.
As an athlete you cannot refuse or disrupt a doping control test!
Sanctions for violating anti-doping regulations may range from a reprimand to a lifetime ban.
Involvement in illegal sports betting can result not only in acquiring debts or being subject to public humiliation, but also seriously damage your professional sports career.
By educating yourself about betting laws and regulations you can make sure to avoid situations that put you or your career at risk.
Learning how to limit and reduce stress in your life can help prevent it from leading to conflict.
Everybody reacts differently to conflict. Understanding and acknowledging someone’s approach to conflict is an important step to move forward and resolve the conflict before it gets out of hand.

What is doping?

Competing on an even playing field where hard work, training and talent are the fundamental difference between winning and losing, holds a central place within the sporting ethos. The practice of trying to gain an unfair advantage through dishonest means is as old as sport itself. It remains a never-ending battle, but one that FIBA takes extremely seriously.

Use FIBA as your primary resource for all information related to anti-doping policies. Violating anti-doping requirements can have major consequences for your career and you want to make sure that products you consume innocently do not contain substances you didn’t know were prohibited by FIBA and the World Anti-Doping Code. While your team, coaches and the team doctor will help you stay current on anti-doping information, you can always turn to FIBA for the latest news in this area.

Doping is defined by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as the occurrence of one or more of the following anti-doping rule violation:

  1. Presence of a prohibited substance in an athlete’s sample
  2. Use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or method
  3. Refusing to submit to sample collection after being notified
  4. Failure to file athlete whereabouts information and missed tests
  5. Tampering with any part of the doping control process
  6. Possession of a prohibited substance or method
  7. Trafficking a prohibited substance of method
  8. Administering or attempting to administer a prohibited substance or method to an athlete
  9. Complicity in an ADRV (Anti-Doping Rule Violation)
  10. Prohibited association with sanctioned athlete support personnel

WADA keeps a list of substances and methods that are banned. It updates this List of Prohibited Substances & Methods periodically, and at least annually. The updated list normally applies from 1 January each year and is available a few months before on the WADA website.

Important! The WADA Prohibited List is complex and difficult to understand so check everything through your team doctor and check the substances on all drugs, supplements, herbal products, etc. before you take them.