- Sep 27, 2016
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
I’m not sure the point you‘re trying to make?This isn't about being safe to use. If it is approved for human therapeutic use in any country then it isn't automatically prohibited, but that doesn't go to say that it is allowed to be used by athletes. This is when they would need to call the ASADA helpline, or look on line and ask the question about the specific substance, and get a docket with the response. If it isn't approved for human therapeutic use anywhere in the world, it is straight out prohibited.
I’m well aware that approved for human use doesn’t = WADA ok (see cannabis, growth hormone, testosterone amongst any number of other compounds).
Let’s use “compound X” as an example.
Athlete A contacts ASADA: HI, I’m enquiring about the status of compound X.
ASADA: It isn’t on our (or as it seems WADA) list of prohibited substances, but we can’t assure it won’t be prohibited under “other substances with a similar chemical structure or similar biological effect(s)”
Athlete A: clarifies/confirms this isn’t the case
ASADA: ok that’s good, you would just need to confirm that it is approved for therapeutic use in humans
Athlete A: it is in Uganda only, so I’m ok to use it then?
ASADA: . . . I guess so . . . ?