(Reuters) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Thursday a study it conducted showed there is no meaningful association between an athlete having a therapeutic use exemption and winning an Olympic medal.
Therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) are special permission granted by anti-doping organisations that allow an athlete to use a prohibited substance as long as there is a legitimate medical need.
The study examined the five summer and winter Olympic Games between 2010 and 2018 and looked for an association to determine if athletes with TUEs won more medals than those without.
During the Olympics analysed – Vancouver 2010, London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio de Janeiro 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018 – WADA said athletes competed with a TUE in 0.9% of athlete competitions and won 21 medals.
The risk ratio for winning a medal with a TUE, according to WADA, was 1.13.
WADA Medical Director Alan Vernec, who conducted the study along with the anti-doping body’s TUE Manager David Healy, said the…
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