Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code as the basis for the fight against doping in sport.

We treat the issue of doping very seriously. Competitors, coaches, member organisations, event organisers and Sport Technical Officers should read and understand the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) procedures carefully and ensure they are upheld at every opportunity.

Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport anti-doping programme

The Anti-Doping & Medical Committee oversee all aspects of World Intellectual Impairment Sport’ anti-doping programme. The programme is based upon our Testing Pool policy (TP) and focuses upon in-competition testing at all organised events, therapeutic-use exemption management and test-result management.

Prohibited substances and methods

Each year, WADA publish a list of ‘banned substances and methods’ – that is substances and practices which are illegal in sport as have been deemed to be performance enhancing.

Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)

Athletes, like all others, may have illnesses or conditions that require them to take particular medications. If the medication an athlete is required to take to treat an illness or condition happens to fall under the Prohibited List, a TUE may give that athlete the authorisation to take the needed medicine.

TUE applications should be sent to the Anti-Doping Committee NO LESS THAN 21 DAYS BEFORE COMPETITION – sooner where possible. TUE applications should be sent to

TUE’s are granted for a specific medication with a defined dosage. They are also granted for a specific period of time and do expire. The athlete needs to comply with all the treatment conditions outlined in the TUE Application.

Note 1: Any athlete who is competing in a World or Regional competition and is using a substance which appears on the banned list must apply to World Intellectual Impairment Sport for a TUE.

Note 2: In certain cases, World Intellectual Impairment Sport may recognise TUE’s issued by National Federations and some International Federations. Member Organisations should contact Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport for advice.

More information about TUE’s:


Anti-Doping Education is essential for all athletes’ development.  World Intellectual Impairment Sport has compiled together some tools and resources in various languages to support Member Organisations with education of coaches and athletes.

Further Information