Update May 10, 2016 – VADA/WBC have now published the forms and policies behind their Clean Boxing Program. These can be found here.
In a press release issued today, the World Boxing Council, one of the major sanctioning organizations in the world of Boxing, has announced mandatory year round anti doping testing for all the top fifteen WBC-rated fighters in each weight class.
The WBC has partnered with VADA, the Voluntary Anti Doping Association, who will hold a press conference at the MGM Media Center on Saturday May 7 revealing the program’s details which is called the “Clean Boxing Program”.
Under the program, consistent with the policies published on VADA’s website, fighters will be subject to year round blood and urine testing checking for a host of prohibited substances and methods, have whereabouts reporting responsibilities and be tested at random.
Figthers participating in the stringent program consent “to the release by the WBC and/or its agents of the results of the analyses performed on my biological specimen(s) and related medical information. This information may be released to the appropriate Commissions, Associations, Organizations, Promoters, and/or Sanctioning Bodies as the WBC deems necessary to carry out its anti-doping program. I also authorize the release of this information to entities such as FightFax, Inc. and the Association of Boxing Commissions, and for possible inclusion on the Federal Suspension List“.
The full press release reads as follows –
PROFESSIONAL BOXING’S FIRST YEAR-ROUND UNANNOUNCED AND RANDOM PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUG TESTING PROGRAM
Las Vegas, Nevada: The World Boxing Council (“WBC”) in association with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (“VADA”) is proud to announce the formal launching of the Clean Boxing Program (“CBP”). Under the CBP, the top fifteen (15) WBC-rated fighters in each weight class will be subject to random, year-round unannounced testing for performance enhancing drugs (“PEDs”) and other prohibited methods in a program to be administered by VADA.
The WBC, founded in 1963 and presided by the late Dr. Jose Sulaiman for 38 years, is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the sport of boxing and implementing safety measures for the protection of all boxers. The WBC’s and VADA’s common goal is to have a clean sport
No one regulatory body oversees all of professional boxing. At the present time, testing for PEDs is limited and without uniformity from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and VADA President Dr. Margaret Goodman representing their respective organizations are committed to educate fighters and the boxing community on the dangers and consequences of consuming PEDs. That goal has lead to the implementation of the different facets of the CBP around the world. The CBP also aspires to educate fighters about the benefits of utilizing effective nutrition and training practices.
The CBP offers a multi-tiered approach, beginning with a mandatory webinar entitled “Winning Fair with the Clean Boxing Program.” The webinar will advise fighters about their obligations under the CBP and the required paperwork that must be completed. It will also discuss the CBP/VADA prohibited drug list, PED side effects, and the risks of prohibited supplement use.
Fighters will be given a 90-day window from May 9, 2016 to view the webinar and file their registration and whereabouts forms. Those items, in addition to all policies, procedures and protocols, are available on the WBC web site at http://wbcboxing.com/WBCVADA/ Anti-doping experts and confidential counseling will be available to fighters who enroll in the CBP.
This groundbreaking program is mandatory for all WBC champions and the top fifteen WBC-rated fighters in each weight class. The CBP also has available funds to incorporate any other fighter who enrolls on a voluntary basis.
Each athlete who is tested and other authorized parties under the CBP will receive notification of his or her test results.