Uci Set To Ban Tramadol In Competition From 2019

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The UCI has committed to banning the use of Tramadol in competition beginning on January 1, 2019, citing health reasons as its main concern over the synthetic opioid painkiller. In addition, testing will be carried out to detect possible adrenal insufficiency, and glucocorticoids must be declared by the team doctors and lead to time off competition. Tramadol is not currently on the WADA banned list but experts believe that it has long been abused within the professional peloton, and it has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency's monitored list. The UCI Management Committee recently hired Professor Xavier Bigard as UCI Medical Director and together they made some important decisions concerning glucocorticoids and analgesics (notably Tramadol), the UCI wrote in a press statement following its three-day meeting in Arzon, France to validate its Agenda 2022. "The UCI will call on the opinion of international experts in order to define which tests ...

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