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WADA Foundation Board put Xenon & Argon gases in the prohibited list

May 21, 2014 16:45 IST

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 18 May 2014 added two noble gases Xenon (Xe) and Argon (Ar) in the list of banned/prohibited substances list. Xenon and Argon gases were banned after claims that athletes can use it through inhalation to enhance their performance, illegally.

As per the scientific studies, the gas has the power to artificially increase the levels of hormone Erythropoietin (EPO) in the blood that is forbidden under the WADA’s rules.

Modification of WADA prohibited list

The executive committee of the WADA approved the modification of its 2014 prohibited list on 18 May 2014. The amendment to the 2014 Prohibited List will come into effect in next three-months (90-days) after the UNESCO will appropriately communicate the amendment to all States Parties.



About WADA
• WADA was established in 1999 as an international independent agency composed and funded equally by the sport movement and governments of the world.
• Its seat is in Lausanne, Switzerland, and its headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.   
• Its key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring of the World Anti Doping Code (Code) – the document harmonizing anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries.
• WADA is a Swiss private law Foundation.

President of WADA – Sir Craig Reedie



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