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don simon - Member
I however need a doctor's not to explain that while the asthma drugs I take are illegal and banned on the WADA list, I, in fact, am not doing anything illegal. Or should I not be allowed to compete?
Not all black and white is it?
Rubbish in your case (and mine) you are dealing with an illness. Taking ashma drugs isn't a performance enchancer if you have ashma they don't even allowe you to compete an even footing as in most cases they are only partialy efective.
Therputic Use Exemption required. If you have a genuine medical need (and appropriate documentation to prove it) you can take most things. To use the example of EPO, well known for increasing the amount of oxygen your blood can carry, useful if you have anemia, cheating if you don't . It's in the rules that you can use it if you have a TUE, and that is the point, not whether or not you have taken something but whether or not you have cheated.
If they are not a performance enchancer nobody should be banned for taking recreational drugs
Yes they should. Example, cannabis. It's banned, (a concentration in urine of 11-nor-delta 9-
tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid (carboxy-THC) greater than 15 nanograms per millilitre constitutes doping to quote from the rules) if they have taken it they should be banned, they have broken the rules. It may not help them go faster but if I am racing my bike I would like to think the guy behind had his mind on the job and was not half-stoned, safety of other competitiors is an issue here.
Also, masking agents such as epitestosterone, probenecid and various diuretics are banned for obvious reasons, even though they themselves give no advantage.