At the WBF Executive Council meeting held in October 2014 in Beijing, the WBF (the Bridge International Federation [IF]) accepted the revised Anti-Doping Code from WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency).
The WBF has adopted new Anti-Doping Rules based on the revised Code. These rules were approved by WADA on 17th November 2014 and come into force on 1st January 2015.
Under these new rules, Players competing at the following Events (WBF “International Events”) will be liable for testing under WBF’s authority:
- The World Team Championships (the Bermuda Bowl and the Venice Cup)
- The World Bridge Games (Open and Women’s Series)
- The World Bridge Series (Open and Women’s Series)
- The World Junior and Girls Bridge Teams Championships.
All Players should be aware that failure to attend or refusal of a test if selected is deemed a positive test and may lead to a suspension. In addition, in some countries it is also deemed a criminal offence.
In addition, Players competing at the following Events are defined as WBF “International-Level” Players
- The World Open and Women’s Team Championships held in the odd numbered years
- The World Bridge Games (Open and Women’s categories) held every fourth year
- The World Juniors and Girls Teams Championships held in the even numbered years
Should they require a Therapeutic Use Exemption, defined “International Level” Players must complete the Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) Application Form and return it to the address given on the document as soon as possible and no later than 30 days before the commencement of the competition in which they are participating.
All other Athletes are entitled to apply for a retroactive TUE, should they be tested by WBF.
TO DOWNLOAD TUE FORMS
- TUE forms can be downloaded here: Word format – pdf format
Note: Any players requiring exemption certificates should ensure that the Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) Application Form is fully completed, together with the necessary supporting documents (see what is required) and return it to the address given on the document as soon as possible and no later than 30 days before the commencement of the competition in which you are participating. It is acceptable to scan and email the TUE form and documentation.
- The Q&A pages on the WADA website
ADDITIONAL ANTI-DOPING INFORMATION
- For the purpose of anti-doping education on the WADA website you will find:
- Resources, Education & Awareness
- The World Anti-Doping Code
- The 2017 Prohibited List, in force from 1 January 2017
- Summary of modifications and explanatory notes on the 2017 Prohibited List
- The 2016 WADA Prohibited List (valid until 31 December 2016)
- Videos concerning The Doping Control Process for Athletes
- The WADA Athletes Reference Guide to the 2015 Code.
The WADA prohibited list is updated annually and can be accessed through their website as well as using other mobile devices via a mobile site.