The WBC wishes to provide some clarification of the Clean Boxing Program and its different stages.
In recent days, several media outlets have raised questions about the manner in which the World Boxing Council Clean Boxing Program (the “CBP”) is conducted in relation with upcoming WBC World Championship fights. Accordingly, the WBC would like to provide the public and the media a brief explanation of how the CBP works.
The CBP has two main components: Out-of-Competition Testing and In-Competition Testing.
I. Out-of-Competition and In-Competition Testing
The WBC Clean Boxing Program comprises both Out-of-Competition and In-Competition anti-doping testing protocols. Both protocols apply to any boxer eligible to compete in a WBC-sanctioned contest (the “Eligible Boxer”) who shall be subject to testing based on the parameters set forth in the WBC CBP Protocol http://wbcboxing.com/WBCVADA/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/WBC-Protocol-FINAL.pdf and all applicable Rules & Regulations of the WBC.
The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (“VADA”) is the administrator of the CBP collection and testing processes, including determining the date, time and frequency of testing.
A. Out-of-Competition Anti-Doping Testing
The CBP Out-of-Competition Anti-Doping Testing is an additional program with respect to the mandatory Day-of-the-Bout anti-doping test required by the WBC Rules & Regulations for all WBC championship bouts, which is conducted and overseen by the local commission of the locality where a bout takes place. Each of the following shall be considered or become an Eligible Boxer subject to testing under the CPB Out-of-Competition Anti-Doping Testing:
1. Any boxer who as of January 1 of each year is a WBC World Champion;
2. Any boxer who as of January 1 of each year is ranked in the top 15 in the WBC World Ratings or who throughout the year becomes ranked in the top 15 in the WBC World Ratings;
3. Any boxer who becomes eligible to challenge for a WBC World Championship bout through a WBC ruling; or
4. Any boxer who does not fall within conditions 1-3 above but who voluntarily submits to become an Eligible Boxer under these protocols.
B. Out-of-Competition Anti-Doping Testing Protocol and Frequency
An Eligible Boxer will be subject to the CPB’s Out-of-Competition Anti-Doping Testing at any time or day, using any such process, frequency, or collection and testing protocol that VADA may determine in its sole discretion.
C. In-Competition Anti-Doping Testing
1. Voluntary Enrolment (Pre-Competition Testing): Any boxer can enroll to become subject to In-Competition-random testing prior to participating in a WBC-Sanctioning fight. Upon such enrollment, VADA will set up a pre-fight random testing protocol which shall take place before the fight. So, if a fighter who is scheduled to participate in a WBC-sanctioned championship fight does not voluntarily enroll in the CBP Pre-Competition Anti-Doping Testing prior to the fight, he/she will: (a) still be an eligible fighter within the CBP Out-of-Competition testing and could be subject to random testing; and (2) will be subjected to the WBC mandatory testing under the WBC Rules & Regulations as set forth below.
2. Mandatory Testing Under the WBC Rules & Regulations (Day-of-the-Bout Testing): That testing shall take place as required by the WBC Rules & Regulations for all WBC championship bouts, which is conducted and overseen by the local commission of the locality where a bout takes place. If the participants have opted for the CBP In-Competition Anti-Doping Testing, VADA will work with the governing commission so that a single post-fight sample is collected if possible. In some instances, the governing commission will collect and test a post-fight sample and VADA will collect and test a separate post-fight sample.