The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is committed to ensuring that cricket is a drug free sport. The WICB works closely with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) to conduct a comprehensive anti-doping programme that covers education, testing and results management.
The ICC became a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2006 and the WICB as a member of the ICC is therefore required to ensure that the WICB’s anti-doping rules are WADA compliant.
WICB Anti-Doping Rules
The WICB anti-doping rules are in line with the requirements of the WADA Code. Also as a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the WICB also harmonizes its rules to adopt, where appropriate the anti-doping code of the ICC. It is important for all players, coaches and support staff to familiarize themselves with the anti-doping regulations relevant to their competition to ensure that they are aware of the obligations and requirements placed upon them.
The WADA Prohibited List
The Prohibited List was first published in 1963 under the leadership of the International Olympic Committee. Since 2004, as mandated by the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), WADA is responsible for the preparation and publication of the List.
The List is the cornerstone of both the ICC Code and the WICB Code. All players, coaches and support staff must refer to the List to be clear on what actually constitutes doping in sport.
The List is the International Standard, identifying substances and methods prohibited in-competition, and out-of-competition in sport.
Substances and methods are classified by categories (e.g., steroids, stimulants, gene doping).
The use of any prohibited substance by an athlete for medical reasons is possible by virtue of a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).
Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)
Athletes, like all others, may have illnesses or conditions that require them to take particular medications. If the medication an athlete is required to take to treat an illness or condition happens to fall under the Prohibited List, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) may give that athlete the authorization to take the needed medicine.