Daily Archives: January 24, 2013

Anti Doping Testing for Jiu Jitsu Competitions

Well then.

According to the IBJJF main page, starting with this upcoming Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship 10 randomly selected male and female black belt competitors will be selected to be tested for any prohibited substances.

As with most things in life, I can see the pros and cons to this sort of thing: the pros including the hope that this will deter anyone currently using, or thinking about using a PED. There will become a more even playing field for all, which of course is always preferable.

The only cons I really see to this include: it probably takes extra time, and money to get these tests done. I would still go through the test, I would just gripe about taking extra time out to complete the test. Just because. It’s also surprising what is allowed and what is not. I personally checked out the site to see if my favorite drug- caffeine- was on the list, and thankfully we can all still have our morning cups of joe or a couple of bottles of Diet Coke since it is a “not prohibited” item. Yay! Benadryl is also not prohibited, so that’s good to know.

There are a few that are surprising that may be on the list. I don’t know, I went specifically to the Anti-Doping Agency’s website and jiu jitsu was not listed. Someone on facebook did mention that cannabis would be banned, Adderall would be out (understandable), asthma medication is a no go due to steroids in the medication’s formula, and if you have come down with a case of the sniffles, lay off the cold medication a couple of days before the tournament due to the ingredient pseudoephedrine. If the medication you are taking has a banned substance in it, there is a Therapeutic Use Exemption form that you would have to fill out, and I imagine have a doctor sign off on.

So, that’s all the information I have for now. When I know more I’ll post it.

What do you guys think about the random testing for doping?



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