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.


WADA 2021 athlete-led webinar series for athletes

In February WADA announced its 2021 series of athlete-led webinars for athletes, which is an initiative started last year by WADA’s Athlete Committee that enables interactive engagement by the Agency with athletes worldwide. 

To view the webinar schedule click here


Player Information Notice

Important information on the processing of your personal information for anti-doping purposes. Click here for more information.


COVID-19: Athlete Question & Answer

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published a new Question and Answer (Q&A) document for athletes related to anti-doping and COVID-19 The Q&A addresses matters such as reflecting the evolving nature of the pandemic; the changing testing environment; and, the fact that a growing number of Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) have resumed normal testing.

Download the document here.  


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 intend to use supplements or medication.

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


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 prove 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.


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.

WADA Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act
The Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act, which was developed by WADA’s Athlete Committee in consultation with thousands of athletes and stakeholders worldwide, is based on the 2021 Code and Standards and aims to ensure that athlete rights within anti-doping are clearly set out, accessible, and universally applicable. Download the Act by clicking here.

Athlete Reference Guide to the 2021 Code 
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 2021 World Anti-Doping Code” on the Anti-Doping eLearning Platform (ADeL). This guide provides athletes with information on the significant changes to the new Code 2021. Learn more about the Guide here


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 jeopardizing your career.


WARNING: Cannabis 

Please be aware that consumption out-of-competition can give rise to a positive result several days (or weeks) later. Even if cannabis is legal in your country, positive results usually lead a period of ineligibility (click here for examples). 


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 questions 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.