WADA bans Tramadol, painkiller Quintana tested positive for in Tour, from 2024 | cycling

WADA bans Tramadol, painkiller Quintana tested positive for in Tour, from 2024 | cycling
WADA bans Tramadol, painkiller Quintana tested positive for in Tour, from 2024 | cycling

The World Anti-Doping Agency WADA considers Tramadol to be a banned product from 2024. The organization made the announcement today after a meeting of the executive committee.

Tramadol is a painkiller that regularly shows up in the cycling peloton. The international cycling union UCI has banned the product since 2019. Nairo Quintana recently tested positive for it, after which the Colombian was removed from the result of the Tour.

Now WADA will also ban Tramadol from January 1, 2024. According to the organization, studies show that the painkiller allows to improve physical performance. WADA also points to the danger of over-reliance on Tramadol. In the United States, for example, many people struggle with an addiction to such substances.

WADA also decided to keep cannabis on the banned list. In September 2021, weeks after top sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson missed the Tokyo Olympics due to a positive test, WADA said it would investigate whether cannabis could be taken off the list.

The organization decided today “on the basis of scientific literature and testimonials from athletes” to still ban cannabis in competition

The article is in Dutch

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