World Bowling is committed to providing a clean sport and a stage upon where athletes can compete in fairness.   The use of doping substances or doping methods to enhance performance is fundamentally wrong and is detrimental to the overall impact of bowling. Drug misuse can be harmful to an athlete’s health and also indirectly impact other athletes competing in bowling.  To ensure integrity of the sport of bowling, the World Bowling organization will enforce the World Anti-Doping Code developed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

What is doping?

Doping is defined as the occurrence of one or more of the following anti-doping rule violations:

  • Presence of a prohibited substance (such as steroids, stimulants, hormones, diuretics or narcotics) in an athlete’s sample.
  • Possession, trafficking, use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or method (such as blood transfusions or gene doping).
  • Refusing to submit to sample collection.
  • Failure to file whereabouts information and missed tests.
  • Tampering with any part of the doping control process.
  • Administering or attempting to administer a prohibited substance or method to an athlete.

Why is Doping Prohibited?

The Dangers of Doping: Get the facts

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As an Athlete, what do I need to know about doping?

Any athlete may be tested in- and out-of-competition at anytime, anywhere and with no advance notice.

The principle of strict liability applies in anti-doping – if it is in the athlete’s body, the athlete is responsible for it.

Athletes’ responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

complying with the IF’s Anti-Doping Rules [and relevant policies if applicable] (in line with the World Anti-Doping Code);

being available for sample collection (urine or blood), whether in-competition or out-of-competition;

ensuring that no prohibited substance enters his body and that no prohibited method is used;

making sure that any treatment is not prohibited according to the Prohibited List in force and checking this with the prescribing physicians, or directly with the IF if necessary;

applying to the IF (or national anti-doping organization if the athlete is a national level athlete ) if no alternative permitted treatment is possible and a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) is required (see the IF’s TUE application process)

Every athlete needs to take into account the list of prohibited substances and know what are his/her rights and responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code and the IF anti-doping rules. Athletes should know that, under the Code, they are strictly liable whenever a prohibited substance is found in their body. This means that a violation occurs whether or not the athlete intentionally, knowingly or unknowingly, used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.

The Prohibited List 2018

The Prohibited List 2019

The Prohibited List 2020

Anti-Doping Rules

The World Anti-Doping Code (Code) is the core document that provides the framework for harmonized anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organizations and among public authorities. It works in conjunction with five International Standards aimed at bringing harmonization among anti-doping organizations in various areas: testing, laboratories, Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), protection of privacy and personal information, and the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods. The Code and the Standards are mandatory documents for WADA’s stakeholders. These documents are supported by non-mandatory guidelines. The anti-doping rules of World Bowling based on the Code.

About the World Anti-Doping Agency

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the international independent organization created in 1999 to promote, coordinate, and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms.

Composed and funded equally by the sports movement and governments of the world, WADA coordinated the development and implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code, the document harmonizing anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries. Its key activities include scientific and social science research, education, development of anti-doping capacities and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code and stakeholders. WADA is not a testing agency.

WADA is a Swiss private law Foundation. Its seat is in Lausanne, Switzerland, and its headquarters are in Montreal, Canada. WADA works towards a vision of the world that values and fosters clean sport.

Click here to go to the WADA website

Click here to go to WADA’s Q&A page

Click here for WADA’s resource section

Click here to submit a confidential Anti-doping Violation Report

Click here for the 2016 Antidoping Testing Figures

Click here for the 2017 Antidoping Testing Figures

World Bowling’s Anti-Doping Documents

World Bowling_Anti-Doping Rules 2015 – These Anti-Doping Rules shall apply to World Bowling, each National Federation of World Bowling, and each Participant in the activities of World Bowling or any of its National Federations by virtue of the Participant’s membership, accreditation, or participation in World Bowling, its National Federations, or their activities or Events.

To be eligible for participation in World Bowling events, a competitor must have a license issued by his or her National Federation. The National Federation must guarantee that all registered athletes accept the Rules of World Bowling, including these World Bowling Anti-Doping Rules compiled in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) – According to World Bowling Anti Doping Rules 4.4: “Athletes with a documented medical condition requiring the use of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method must first obtain a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

– athletes included by WB in its Testing Pool and
– other Athletes participating in an International Event identified by WTBA must obtain a TUE from WTBA. The international events identified by WTBA are all our World Championships

World Bowling TUE Application Process: TUE Process

World Bowling TUE Application Form: TUE

Click here for WADA’s webpage on TUES

Click here to see the 2016 World Bowling Report

Click here to see the 2017 World Bowling Report

Click here to see the 2018 World Bowling Report