What are the rules?
Key Learnings
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The full list of prohibited substances and methods is updated every year and it is the athletes’ responsibility to know what is allowed and what is banned.
The golden rule for all athletes is the principle of strict liability, which implies that athletes take full responsibility for what they ingest.
As an athlete you cannot refuse or disrupt a doping control test!
Sanctions for violating anti-doping regulations may range from a reprimand to a lifetime ban.
Involvement in illegal sports betting can result not only in acquiring debts or being subject to public humiliation, but also seriously damage your professional sports career.
By educating yourself about betting laws and regulations you can make sure to avoid situations that put you or your career at risk.
Learning how to limit and reduce stress in your life can help prevent it from leading to conflict.
Everybody reacts differently to conflict. Understanding and acknowledging someone’s approach to conflict is an important step to move forward and resolve the conflict before it gets out of hand.

Necessary medical treatments and the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)

All players have the right to the best medical treatment. In certain cases, you may be required to take a prohibited substance or use a prohibited method in order to treat an illness or condition. In such cases, you need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), which, if granted, gives you the authorisation to take the required medication containing a banned substance or use the required banned method.

Any player taking part in a major competition, who takes or intends to take medication that contains or may contain one of these substances or who uses or intends to use one of these methods, must apply for a TUE. This avoids the risk of sanctions in case of a positive test.

For all FIBA competitions, the TUE request must be addressed to FIBA, while for national championships it must be made to the National Basketball Federation or to the country’s National Anti-Doping Agency (NADO). Click here to access a list of all NADOS.

TUE Process

  • Download the correct TUE application form (click here for the FIBA form).
  • Have your doctor/physician fill-in the TUE application form.
  • Send it back to FIBA or your National Basketball Federation at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the competition/championship.
  • Once a TUE is requested, the FIBA TUE Committee, a panel of experts, reviews your request. A TUE will be granted if the following criteria are met:
    • Your health will be significantly impaired if you do not take the substance.
    • The substance does not enhance your performance beyond what brings you back to normal health;
    • There are no alternative treatments available.
  • FIBA has 30 days to advise if you can take the requested medication or not. In the case of a denied request, you will be informed of the reasons. You have the right to appeal the decision.

For more information about the TUE process click here.