Will caffeine be banned for athletes?

Will caffeine be banned for athletes?

In October, the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) described the Utah Jazz as “the NBA’s most caffeinated team.” Forward Boris Diaw, the 34-year-old French basketball player who takes his own mini-barista bar on the road when the team travels, is a big reason why.

But will the team have to change its ways in the near future? According to the Washington Post, Russian Federal Microbiological Agency chief Vladimir Uiba recently told Russian news agency TASS that caffeine may be added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited substance list.

“Caffeine is currently on WADA’s waiting list of prohibited substances,” he said, according to the Post. “If it eventually makes its way into the list of the prohibited substances, we will be forced to recommend everyone against drinking coffee as well as soft drinks containing caffeine.”

The Post article, which opened by referencing Diaw, reported that WADA added caffeine to its Monitoring Program for 2017 so that researchers could check out the effects. The article clarified, however, that it’s unlikely the anti-doping agency will ask athletes to stop drinking coffee.

“Generally speaking, WADA is extremely careful that normal food consumption does not interfere with anti-doping tests,” Maggie Durand, the agency’s spokeswoman, told The Washington Post.

Read more about the potential ban of caffeine at The Washington Post.

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Published at Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:50:00 +0000