Just over a week after a landmark state-wide ban of testosterone-replacement therapy passed in the Nevada State Athletic Commission, neighboring state California has followed suit. In a statement released by the California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Andy Foster, and reported by MMAJunkie, TRT was announced as banned — save for the ‘most extreme’ circumstances.
The California State Athletic Commission fully supports the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision to eliminate Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in boxing and mixed martial arts. California is a strong supporter of anti-doping efforts. As part of California’s anti-doping efforts, the Commission recently began the rulemaking process to require meeting World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards as the only way to obtain a TUE for TRT. This standard is so high that it is an effective ban except under the most extreme circumstances. Until the rulemaking process is complete and the regulations are fully adopted, the Commission has a total ban on TRT. California remains committed to protecting the health and safety of athletes and having strict anti-doping standards is one of the ways this is accomplished.
The ban is classified as an ‘effective’ one and as ESPN points out, it is banned until they can come up with standards for the regulation of it. So far, the UFC has not announced any events in California as of yet for the 2014 year but rival promotion Bellator MMA has an April 11th event in Temecula, California, although they have steered away from the TRT spotlight as the controversy rages on.
Although promotional presidents Dana White and Bjorn Rebney from the UFC and Bellator, respectively, don’t often agree on much at least in the public eye, they have both backed their stances and support for the ban of TRT.
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