California Issues Total Ban on TRT Exemptions in MMA as it Moves Towards WADA Standards

March 6, 2014
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Chael SonnenA week after the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to ban applications for therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy, the California State Athletic Commission has issued its support.

CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster on Thursday issued a statement explaining that the California commission is in the process of altering its rules to meet the standards of the World Anti-Doping Agency for anyone that wants a TUE for TRT, which is a much more stringent standard than what has typically been applied in the MMA.

Until the process is complete, TRT is under a “total ban” in California.

“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,” read Foster’s statement.

“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.”

California is just the latest to follow Nevada. Almost as soon as Nevada made its decision to ban applications for TRT exemptions, the Ultimate Fighting Champion put its support behind the measure, and then the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission followed suit shortly thereafter.

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  • Nick Macias

    Nevada wasn’t the First State to Ban TRT… Nevada followed but they seem to get the credit…

    • Robby Clark

      They’re the biggest, so it tends to mean the most.

  • MikeMcK

    Finally a state is being intelligent on this topic. Well kind of. There being silly like the rest temporarily doing a total ban on TRT. However, unlike the lazy NSAC they realize there could be a medical need and they’re willing to do the work and monitor those people.
    I don’t know if a single guy who’s been getting exemptions has been being honest, and doing it right, but at least one commission is willing to do the work and make it right without pleading ignorance and laziness and doing a blind ban.

  • CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster seems to be contradicting himself.

    He fully supports NSAC’s decision to eliminate TUEs for TRT.

    But at the same time he fully supports WADA’s policy of issuing TUEs for TRT.

    He can’t have it both ways.

    Does Foster think NSAC made the right decision? Or does he think they made the wrong decision and should have followed WADA’s more stringent criteria for granting TUES??!

  • The headline “California Issues Total Ban on TRT Exemptions in MMA as it Moves Towards WADA Standards” makes no sense.

    A “total ban” is incompatible with “WADA standards”. WADA permits TUEs for TRT.

    If the commission eliminates TUEs for TRT, then they are moving away from WADA standards.