Anti-Doping: Information for Players

Basketball is my life, if I find that someone I have been competing against has
an unfair advantage, I am going to be really upset about it. I think everyone needs to take that stance.

- Lauren Jackson (Australia), 2006 FIBA Women's World Championship Champion 

Often, players consider the Anti-Doping World as complex and feel intimidated by the matter.

This section aims to provide you with some tools which shall help you to better understand Anti-Doping related matters and thus to still the fears you may have.

ALERT for all players using Supplements - Higenamine

FIBA has learned that an alarmingly high number of Adverse Analytical Findings (AAF) for the Prohibited Substance ‘Higenamine’ were recently reported in Basketball. These findings were reported from various geographical regions. 

We strongly encourage you to carefully review the present document, which contains important information and preventive measures to avoid jeopardising your career.

The Golden Rule for all players: The principle of Strict Liability

If there is one such thing as the Golden Rule in Anti-Doping it would be the Principle of Strict Liability.

It is your ultimate responsibility to know what enters your body.

In case of a positive doping control it will be your burden to proof how the prohibited substance entered your body. Therefore, you should always know what you eat, what supplements you use and what medication you take.

In any case of doubt you should consult an expert (e.g. your team doctor) who may clarify whether or not you can consume a certain product.


WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Methods 

In order to abide with the Principle of Strict Liability you need to know the WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.

The list is an international standard identifying substances and methods prohibited in sport which is being reviewed on a yearly basis.

As highlighted above, it is essential that all players and support personnel review carefully the Prohibited List, particularly in cases where they intent to use supplements or medication.

Please find herewith a link to the current list, the 2021 List and additional information:

  • 2021 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods
  • 2021 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes
  • 2021 Monitoring Program
  • Additional information on the List


Right to the best medical treatment – Therapeutic Use Exemptions

You have the right to the best medical treatment.

In certain cases, you may be required to take a prohibited substance or use a prohibited method in order to treat an illness or condition.

In such cases, you need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), which, if granted, gives you the authorization to take the required medication containing a banned substance or use the required banned method.

Click here for detailed information.

Know where to get the right information

As mentioned above the Anti-Doping World is not always easy to understand. Therefore, it is key to know where to get the right information.

To that end, we herewith aim to list some important and useful sources which may answer your day to day questions linked to Anti-Doping.

  • Athlete Reference Guide to the 2015 WADC
  • The legal language which is often used in the Anti-Doping environment is not easy to understand and is therefore often confusing.

The World Anti-Doping Agency developed the “Athlete Reference Guide to the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code” which aims to translate the legal language of the 2015 Code to a more comprehensive language with a special focus on the player’s responsibilities and rights.

Get this guide by clicking here.

Athlete Learning Programs about Health and Anti-Doping

Do you want to learn more about Healthcare and Anti-Doping? Click here to access the interactive learning platform available on WADA's website.

List of NADOs

Do you have question in relation to your national Anti-Doping program? Would you like to obtain information in your mother tongue?

In this case we suggest that you visit your National Anti-Doping Agency’s (“NADO”) website.

Click here to find a list of all NADOs.

Anti-Doping at a Glance...thanks to WADA

Click here to get a brief overview on the most important anti-doping issues.