Recently on Reddit, the Electronic Sports League revealed its new substance policies, which include a ban on cannabis. The policies were updated after Kory “Semphis” Friesen, a professional Counter-Strike gamer, reported that along with his teammates, he abused Adderall during ONE Katowice, an ELS tournament held in Poland. As a result, the policy also bans narcotics, amphetamines, steroids, stimulants, and hormone and metabolic modulators.
To rewrite its drug-testing guidelines, the ELS partnered with anti-cannabis and anti-drug agencies National Anti-Doping Agentur (NADA) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to ensure fair play in future ELS tournaments. If a player has a prescription for some of the banned items, he or she can present a doctor’s note as soon as possible and before the first match.
In their off time, gamers are free to consume cannabis but the ELS wrote,
“Using it during the tournament—from the start of the first day until the end of the last day of competition—is strictly prohibited.”
During tournaments, individuals competing in the professional arena are now subject to random drug tests that will be perfumed at the ELS’s discretion.
At the moment, only ELS One Cologne gamers will be randomly tested, but the ELS notes this may be a temporary restriction. The organization stated,
“We don’t want to exclude the possibility of performing a larger number of tests among all / majority of players.”
If the policy changes further, players will be notified.
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