On Thursday, the California State Athletic Commission joined the fight against testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
Following the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s ground breaking decision to completely ban TRT from all combat sports last, the CSAC announced they would follow suit.
According to a press release, the commission will soon require fighters to meet the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards to receive if they wish to receive therapeutic use exemption (TUE).
But until the ruling becomes official there will be no TUE’s granted in The Golden State.
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.