Cannabinoids (e.g. hashish and marijuana) are to become prohibited. In previous years, (2003 inclusive), Cannabinoids have not been proscribed by ISAF, and have only been banned for the Olympic Regatta.
Following the release of the World Anti-Doping Code - 2004 Prohibited List of Substances and Methods, due to become effective from January 1st 2004, we must announce that there is to be a significant change from the current list regarding the status of Cannabinoids in the sport of sailing.
This position has been reviewed annually, and up till now, been left up to the rules of each Member National Authority (MNA), to determine whether tests should be conducted, mainly dependant on whether cannabinoids are banned by their civil authority.
The addition of Cannabinoids to the Prohibited List has been on the initiative of several organisations, (the IOC, ASOIF and some countries, including the USA and France).
All sailors MUST be aware that this substance will now be tested for and that they also may face the possibility of being tested un-announced.
Cannabinoids are however, classed as a "specified substance", which means that it is considered to be less likely to be successfully abused as a doping agent. This means that where an Athlete can establish that the use of such a "specified substance" was not intended to enhance sport performance, the period of ineligibility (or sanctioning) will be reduced to the following:
At a minimum, a warning and reprimand and no period of ineligibility from future events, and at a maximum, one (1) year's ineligibility.
Two (2) years' ineligibility
Please keep up to date with the contents of the medical pages www.sailing.org/medical
and check the current list of banned substances which is valid until December 31st 2003, as well as the WADA list of Prohibited Substances due to come into effect 1st January 2004.
If you are taking ANY kind of medication, it is essential
that you speak to your MNA Medical Officer (Click here for list of Medical Officers listed by country)
, or inform your physician / pharmacist that you are an athlete and they can advise you.
If in any doubt, please contact Victoria Charlesworth using the contact details below.
Telephone: +44 (0)2380 682 833
Fax: +44 (0)2380 635 789
ISAF (UK) Ltd. Ariadne House, Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2AQ, GREAT BRITAIN