21 March 2013 • The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) held a public meeting today under the direction of executive director is Keith Kizer, to discuss drug testing protocols, notably Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
Damon Martin reports.
Current standards by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) allow for testosterone levels to reach a 4:1 ratio in testosterone to epitestosterone in a normal male athlete. The average for a normal functioning male is a 1:1 ratio. The NSAC allows up to a 6:1 ratio, but is considering the lower figure, as well as an additional, more expensive step, the carbon isotope test (CIR), that looks to see if the additional testosterone in the body is being produced naturally or by an outside product like synthetic testosterone or a performance enhancing drug.
There was a proposal to conduct a study of a wide range of fighters either past or going forward to determine what a "normal" level of testosterone ratio would be.
The commission plans to rerturn to the issue at their next meeting and have further discussions on the possibility of changing the legal ratios from 6:1 down to the WADA-recognized level of 4:1.
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PEDs were not the sole topic on the agenda.
Current UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and former Executive Director of the NSAC Marc Ratner addressed the NSAC and asked for a reexamination of the rules on marijuana.
"Society is changing, it's a different world now than when I was on the commission," said Ratner. "States are legalizing marijuana and it's becoming more and more of a problem with fighters testing positive and the metabolites."
"I think it's something that has to be discussed on a commission level now. Right now I just cannot believe that a performance enhancing drug and marijuana can be treated the same. It just doesn't make sense to the world anymore and it's something that has to be brought up."
So what do you think UG? More rules for PEDs and less for pot? Legalize everything? Things are fine, no changes necessary?