For the attention of all British Taekwondo Coaches.

Please advise any applicable members within your Club/Group of the Anti-Doping information/guidance given below. It is important that they fully understand the information and requirements.

For the attention of all Senior (17+) British Taekwondo Players/Athletes (not GB Academy Athletes) who compete at World Taekwondo ‘’G Ranked’’ events such as the Dutch/German Open’s etc.

This is important information for you regarding Prohibited Substances and your responsibilities to declare any tablets/substances/medications you are using for therapeutic purposes.

Prohibited Substances

This notification is to make you aware that the 2023 Prohibited List has been released by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and it will come into effect on 1 January 2023.

The 2023 Prohibited List is now available on the British Taekwondo website.

The Prohibited List identifies which substances and methods are prohibited at all times, in-competition only, and within specific sports.

All Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel should familiarise themselves with the new changes in advance of them coming into effect on 1 January 2023.

UKAD has also published a summary of the major changes on the UKAD and British Taekwondo websites.

If you have any questions on the Prohibited List or a medication you may be using, please contact

You can also receive further information from the British Taekwondo Anti-Doping Lead, please contact

Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)

If you are a British Taekwondo Athlete who competes at World Taekwondo ‘’G Ranked’’ events such as the Dutch/German Open’s etc. and you are in the Senior Male or Female weight categories then you are considered to be an International-Level Athlete by our International Federation i.e., World Taekwondo.

This means that if you ever need to use a prohibited substance or method for therapeutic reasons, then you are required to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) in advance of using the substance or method in question (unless there is an exceptional circumstance – please see the UKAD website for these).

At the point that you are prescribed with any medication (or purchase any medication over-the-counter), you should check the anti-doping status of that medication on Global DRO.

If the medication or method of treatment is prohibited, then use the UKAD TUE Wizard to find out how to apply for a TUE.

Please contact or UKAD at should you have any questions relating to medications or TUE’s.

British Taekwondo are also obliged to inform you that you would be at risk of incurring an antidoping rule violation should you be subject to Doping Control without having first obtained a TUE (unless there is an exceptional circumstance for not doing so).

Athlete Actions

Don’t assume that you will not be tested at a WT G Ranked Event. To date it has been unlikely – but it could happen at any G Ranked Event.

As a serious athlete, take responsibility:
1) Check your medication against the WADA Prohibited List as detailed above.
2) If it is prohibited apply for a TUE as detailed above.

Be responsible – Don’t damage your athlete career, British Taekwondo, or the international sport of Taekwondo.

GB Taekwondo Athletes

If you are already a talented GB Academy Athlete then your Anti-Doping education, including the above issues, will be managed by the GB Anti-Doping Educators.