World Taekwondo (WT)
has delegated responsibility for all TUE applications to the International Testing Agency (ITA). This means that the ITA is now fully responsible for the TUE application process for all international-level athletes that fall under WT
Athletes who are subject to anti-doping rules would need a TUE to take a prohibited substance or use a prohibited method. You should verify with the ITA to know to whom you need to apply and if you can apply retroactively.
First, check if the required medication or method you intend to take, or use is prohibited as per the WADA Prohibited List
You may also use a ‘check your medication’ online like globalDRO (https://globaldro.com
) or ask your NADO if it has one.
You have a responsibility to inform your physician(s) that you are an Athlete bound to anti-doping rules. You and your physician(s) should check the Prohibited List
for the substance/method you are prescribed. If the substance/method is prohibited, discuss non-prohibited alternatives, if there are none, apply for a TUE.
Remember Athletes have the ultimate responsibility. Contact your NADO or the ITA if you are having difficulties in assessing the status of a substance.
Then, verify below your status, to determine your competition level and TUE application requirements:
International Level Definition
(a) Athletes included in the WT Registered Testing Pool, Testing Pool and any other pool if established by WT;
(b) Athletes who hold the following license: Global Athletes Licence (GAL) which can be given to Athletes who compete to Events organised by WT or where WT is the ruling body (i.e. all the Events included in the WT’s international calendar published on the WT’s website at the following link: http://www.worldtaekwondo.org
➟ If it is determined that you are an International-Level Athlete
you must apply to the ITA
in advance, as soon as the need arises, unless there are emergency or exceptional circumstances.
For substances prohibited in-competition only, you should apply for a TUE at least 30 days before your next competition, unless one of the exceptions on retroactive TUEs (see below) apply.
Please refer to the section “How to apply to the ITA for a TUE?” below.
If you already have a TUE granted by your National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO):
Your NADO’s TUE is only valid at the national level, and you must submit a request for recognition the ITA.
Please refer to the section “How to submit a request for recognition of your NADO’s TUE to the ITA?” below.
➟ If you are NOT an International-Level Athlete and you have been tested by WT, ITA’s TUEC
recognizes a valid TUE granted by your NADO (i.e., it satisfies the ISTUE criteria for granting a TUE); unless you are required to apply for recognition of the TUE because you are competing in an international event.
If you are NOT a National-Level Athlete as defined by your NADO and you have been tested by WT
, you must apply for a retroactive TUE to the ITA