The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) recently banned the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in all cases, changing course from its previous allowance of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) in certain cases. Now, California's athletic commission is heading in the same direction as Nevada.
A written press release from the CSAC executive director Andy Foster says that the state has begun a rule making process to eventually require a much higher threshold for allowing TUE for TRT and that, untl those rules are set up, there is a total ban on TRT.
"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," Foster wrote.
"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," Foster went on.
"Until the rule making 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."
- Andy Foster