Q: Why is there doping testing in Bridge?
A: The WBF is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as a Sports Federation, and thus has to abide by the WADA World Anti Doping Code, which requires such tests to be carried out.
Q: What medication is forbidden in bridge
A: The list of prohibited substances is exactly the same for all sports and is available on the WADA website at www.wada-ama.org
Q: What do I have to do if I use a substance that is on the prohibited list
A: You need to apply for a TUE (Therapeutic use exemption) by fully completing a TUE-form together with your doctor. Also you need a document from your doctor that includes a comprehensive medical history and the results of all examinations, laboratory investigations and imaging studies relevant to the application. The arguments related to the diagnosis and treatment, as well as the duration of medication, should be guided by the document on the WADA website : “Medical Information to Support the Decisions of TUECs” All these documents must be sent in time to arrive with the WBF Medical Commission at least 30 days before the start of an event. Coming in one day before an event with a small note from your doctor is not acceptable.
Q: I use a Beta blocker for arterial hypertension, is that allowed?
A: From 2013 Beta blockers are no longer prohibited in bridge. So you don’t need a TUE any more when using this medication. Often however diuretics are used in combination with other medication for high blood pressure. Diuretics like hydrochlorothiazide are still forbidden, and you will not always be granted a TUE. If an alternative, permitted medication can be used to treat the medical condition, the TUE will not be approved. So it is best if you talk to your doctor well in advance to try and arrange for different, permitted medication. For example: If you use only a diuretic for your hypertension, you need to ask your doctor for other medication. If you use 3 or more different substances and it’s hard to regulate your blood pressure, the TUE will probably be approved.
If you are not sure what to do: contact the WBF Medical Commission in good time. You can email the Medical Doctorsresponsible for the approval of the TUE, Dr Jaap Stomphorst or Dr Giovanni Capelli , or email the Secretary of the Commission, Mrs Anna Gudge