WADA publishes 2017 Prohibited List

Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) publishes the 2017 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods; along with, the 2017 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes. The List – which designates what substances and methods are prohibited both in- and out-of-competition, and which substances are banned in particular sports – was approved by the Executive Committee on 21 September and comes into force on 1 January 2017.

“WADA is pleased to publish the 2017 Prohibited List, which is one of five International Standards that are mandatory for all signatories of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) to follow,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie.  “All athletes around the world are held to these standards and there can be no tolerance for people who intentionally break the rules,” Reedie continued.  “Updated annually, the List is released three months ahead of taking effect so that all stakeholders – in particular athletes and their entourage — have ample time to familiarize themselves with the List and its modifications,” he said.

“The Prohibited List follows a very extensive stakeholder review process over the course of nine months,” said Director General, Olivier Niggli.  “In reviewing the List, experts examine such sources as: scientific and medical research; trends; and, intelligence gathered from law enforcement and pharmaceutical companies in order to stay ahead of those that wish to cheat,” Niggli continued. “It is vital that all athletes take the necessary time to consult the List; and that, they contact their respective anti-doping organizations (ADOs) if they have any doubts as to the status of a substance or method,” said Niggli.

The List’s annual revision process is led by WADA, beginning with an initial meeting in January and concluding with the publication of the List by 1 October. This is an extensive nine-month consultation process which includes gathering information, circulating a draft list, stakeholder submissions, committee recommendations and the approval of the List by WADA’s Executive Committee during its September meeting.

It should be noted that, for athletes who have a legitimate medical reason for using a prohibited substance or method that is on the List, they can be accommodated via the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE), which has overwhelming acceptance from athletes, physicians and anti-doping stakeholders worldwide.

To view the changes made to the 2017 Prohibited List, please see the 2017 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes.

Languages and Formats

As of today, the 2017 Prohibited List, the Summary of Modifications, and the 2017 Monitoring Program are available for download on WADA’s website in English. French and Spanish will follow shortly. 

Stakeholders wishing to translate the List into other languages are kindly asked to signal their interest at info@wada-ama.org, by 23 October.

As has been the case in past years, the List will be made available as an iPhone app and on other mobile devices effective 1 January 2017.

IWF Sport Programme Commission  recommends changes to  Tokyo 2020 weightlifting programme

Commission meets in the Olympic Capital to discuss innovations to Olympic qualification system, event field size and weight categories
14 November 2017; Lausanne: The IWF Sport Programme Commission (SPC) concluded its three-day meeting in Lausanne by agreeing a number of recommendations designed to protect the integrity of the sport and ensure the very best, clean weightlifting competitions at Tokyo 2020.

The five-person Commission composed of representatives from all major IWF stakeholders, met at the IWF headquarters in Lausanne on 11-13 November. The primary focus of the meeting was to address the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games weightlifting programme, including the Olympic qualification system, the competition format, event field size and the bodyweight categories.

The SPC recommended individual qualification through a shortened (18 months) qualification period for Tokyo 2020, during which time there would be two IWF World Championships. Athletes will be required to regularly participate in Olympic Qualification competitions to ensure that they are regularly subjected to in-competition doping control. The shortened period would also make anti-doping testing easier to implement and more cost-effective. 

Male and female athletes will compete across the IWF bodyweight categories during the qualification period, from which seven will form the Olympic medal events at Tokyo 2020 for each gender. 

A maximum of 14 athletes per bodyweight category will compete in Tokyo with each National Olympic Committee (NOC) allowed a maximum of four athletes per gender and only one per medal event.

The SPC is continuing to review the existing bodyweight categories to make recommendations to the IWF Technical Committee and Executive Board regarding the new bodyweight categories. The SPC is also exploring innovative and exciting new event formats which will be implemented to keep the sport as appealing and relevant to a global audience as possible. 

Speaking after the meeting, IWF Director General and member of the IWF SPC, Attila Adamfi, said:

“We have had a very productive meeting here in Lausanne as we work towards ensuring that the IWF delivers the very best, clean weightlifting competitions at Tokyo 2020. We want to make sure that we are protecting the integrity of our sport and also provide the most engaging and exciting competitions for our athletes and fans. We have had very good cooperation with the IOC and are continuing to work closely with them. The IWF takes its responsibility to the Olympic Movement very seriously and is committed to promoting the Olympic values around the world.

“While our primary focus is of course on the next Olympic Games, we are also examining opportunities to innovate our sport further which will go beyond the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. We are assessing new bodyweight categories, new formats, and new disciplines all of which will make our sport more appealing, particularly to younger audiences.”

The SPC’s recommendations will be presented to the IWF Executive Board for approval during their next meeting on 25-26 November 2017.

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Suspension Starts For Nine IWF Member Federations Involved In Olympic Doping

IWF determined to encourage and protect clean weightlifting

20 October 2017; Budapest, Hungary: The one-year suspensions of the nine IWF Members Federations (MFs) found to have had three or more anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) during the retesting of samples taken at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, officially took effect today.

The IWF has informed each of the nine MFs of their suspension, following the decision of the IWF Executive Board on 30 September 2017 to approve the recommendation of IWF’s Tbilisi Commission and to uphold the Board’s decision of 22 June 2016. Each MF will now have 21 days to appeal the decision.

IWF President Tamas Ajan said:

“The steps taken in weightlifting today are unprecedented in the history of sport. They show our total commitment to protect clean athletes. It was clear to us at the IWF that the problems in these nine countries required whole national cultures to change. For many of these member federations, there has already been a change of leadership and work has already begun to change the culture. Of course, we welcome these developments, as they will facilitate to those federations to comply with the requirements of a clean sport.“

“The IWF Anti-Doping efforts will continue with increased intensity in these 9 countries. IWF will do everything to make sure they will put in place the necessary anti-doping measures to address their doping issues so that they can take their places alongside the other members of our family once again.”

The IWF will work with the nine suspended MFs to ensure that they implement the IWF Rules in their countries and construct their national level ‘shields’ to protect clean athletes. IWF has urged these countries to willingly undertake complying with a massive set of criteria which aim to trigger the cultural shift thus ensuring that once these Federations regain their eligibility, a level-playing field is finally ensured at national level.

IWF expects these MFs to expressly acknowledge their responsibility for clean sport and to use this opportunity to actively commit to the fight against doping as a means to restore their reputation.

In case an MF decides to unconditionally accept the set of criteria it automatically involves the acceptance of being monitored by an Independent Monitoring Group which will mainly consist of outside-the-sport anti-doping experts.
The Group will carefully assess the situation of each MF which undertakes to comply with the criteria and create an action plan to address these issues one by one.
The monitoring will continue throughout the entire suspension period.
If fully satisfied, the Group at its sole discretion may decide to grant a Partial Conditional Reinstatement of the MF’s right to participate at IWF Events. The earliest time of such reinstatement depends on the gravity of the MF’s violation of the Policy rendered by the Board on 22 June (i.e.: number and severity of re-analysis cases). The reinstatement will not affect any other rights of the MF suspended as per the Board’s decision – these will remain suspended even in case a conditional lift is granted.
The full suspension will be immediately reinstated if the Group considers that the MF subject to the conditional reinstatement fails to meet any of the criteria.
Any decision of the Group will be final and binding and will not be subject to appeal.

Report on the IWF Masters Weightlifting Congress of Nations Held on Wed April 26, 2017 in Auckland, NZ

1.Attendance – 19 nations were present

2. Reports

Printouts were given and Bill Barton explained his financial report

Les Simonton was not there, but he is updating the IWF Masters website with WMG WL results,

pretty much daily.


  1. Elections

The following nominees were approved (Australia was opposed … ???)

General Secretary: Bill Barton

Women’s Rep: Caroline Charles

Technical Officer: Jan Hinrichsen


  1. Minutes of 2016 Congress in Heinsheim – approved


  1. Antidoping

In Heinsheim, there were two positives, names, substance(s) and duration of ban are posted on the IWF Masters Website.

Denise Offerman and Bill Barton then discussed at length that there had been no doping tests until Wed at the WMG, and they were not happy about this. They indicated that records set at these games may not be recognized if there were not enough tests conducted. This, of course, led to lengthy discussions, with those nations that had athletes setting records being quite unhappy … Denise encouraged all Nations to submit their results of doping control to IWF Masters (both positive and negative) so that they can expand their data base of test results.

  1. Calendar for future World Masters Championships

Denise Offerman went over the calendar of future events as it is posted on the IWF Masters Website. I reported on 2019 World Masters in Montreal. Everybody seemed happy when I said that there was a lot of support from Quebec WL and from the CON Masters WL Executive, and that the event was definitely going to happen.

Denise frowned when I mentioned that the start date would be earlier (Aug. 15). Maybe you can confirm this with Yves and then let Denise know so that the correct date can be posted? Also, the delegate from Iran was complaining that four of their athletes were denied visa for the WMG (for no apparent reason). Help with getting visa for those countries that need one seems to be very important- not sure what the Montreal organizing committee has lined up for that.

There was a group of representatives for the 2021 WMG in Kansai. They gave a brief presentation about Kansai and the WL venue. I have pamphlets that I will send you.

  1. Bids for 2020 World Masters

No bid was submitted and no one expressed interest at the meeting.

8. Old Business – No old business

9. New Business

There was a proposal for discussion of new Masters tie breaking rules.

With the new IWF tie breaking rules not using BW any more IWF Masters may also want to

change their tie-breaking rules.

There were 3 options presented, the first being to use the current IWF rules.

The second option was to use birth year, and the older lifter would win,

The third was quite intricate and not discussed further.

There was some discussion but the majority felt that using the new IWF rules would be best as it makes for more exciting competitions.

It was voted that for the upcoming year, all IWF Masters Competitions will follow IWF rules for tie-breaking. At the 2018 Congress, a forma vote will be held regarding a final decision to be entered into the IWF Masters rule book.


April 28, 2017

Heidi Schraft