Electronic Sports League to implement anti-doping policy
The Electronic Sports League, one of the world's foremost professional gaming organizations, plans to introduce policies intended to prevent competitors from using performance-enhancing drugs.
"In order to maintain the fair play spirit of our sport, ESL has partnered with NADA (Nationale Anti Doping Agentur, located in Bonn, Germany) to help research and determine an anti-PEDs policy that is fair, feasible and respects the privacy of the players, whilst simultaneously providing conclusive testing results," said the ESL in a prepared statement.
The ESL will also meet with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the group that sets standards and coordinates efforts to prevent the use of performance-enhancing drugs in athletic sports. The ESL hopes to involve WADA in the process of coming up with its policy and enforcing it around the world.
The ESL's announcement of its plans for an anti-PED policy follows an admission earlier this month by a professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player, Kory "Semphis" Friesen, that he used Adderall during the ESL One Katowice event in March. Adderall is a stimulant typically used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).