The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee, of which FIS President Gian-Franco Kasper is a member, has approved the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods for 2007. The 2007 List is valid for the upcoming 2006/2007 season includes only minor modifications and will be published online by October 1, 2006.
In addition, the WADA Executive Committee decided not to add artificially-induced hypoxic conditions [e.g., altitude tents] to the 2007 List. “We have concerns about the method, especially because it may pose health risks if not properly implemented and under medical supervision. However, the practical implementation of a ban is just too difficult at this time,” noted Mr. Kasper.
In 2006, WADA will spend US$ 5.4 million on scientific research in 2006, including 25 new projects that were approved by the Executive Board last weekend. WADA-sponsored research is targeted at identifying and detecting doping substances and methods. An example of such research is the development and validation of a detection method for hemoglobin based oxygen carriers (HBOCs) and the research currently underway on the impact of altitude on hemoglobin values.