The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) classifies ginseng as a permitted substance for athletes
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA ) is the world's highest authority to fight doping in top sport. It was founded in 1999 by the International Olympic Committee. Creates and manages a global anti-doping program and unifies the rules of all sports organizations and institutions around the world into the "World Anti-Doping Code", which includes the updated "List of Forbidden Substances and Methods of Doping". Other WADA activities include sports testing organizations. When athletes take some drugs or supplements, they must always be sure that these do not cause positive doping tests.
Ginseng is not on the list of prohibited substances or doping methods
The "List of Forbidden Substances and Methods of Doping" published by WADA (the list valid since 1 January 2009 is here ) does not mention ginseng or its content. It should be noted, however, that besides the list of prohibited substances and methods, the list also includes a broader range of substances, such as anabolics, stimulants, steroid receptor modulators, where theoretically could be ginseng according to someone. That's why we need to look for a more specific WADA opinion on ginseng ...
Ginseng was classified in WADA in 2000 as "permitted doping"
WADA has already dealt specifically with the ginseng, even after its inception. In the Summer of 2000 at the Sydney Olympics, it was found that some athletes were using ginseng regularly.
A direct statement on ginseng was published by WADA in the Sydney Olympic Games Summer Games Report (page 40): "... ginseng and other common supplements (creatine, melatonin, hydroxymethylbutyric acid, inosine, vitamins, minerals, etc.) Between pseudo-doping or doping ... "
Other WADA's indirect statements include, for example, this and this document - ginseng always mentions among permitted supplements such as vitamins, minerals, creatines, etc. In the WADA Executive Board meeting of July 20, 2000, one of the committee members directly says that a positive laboratory test Can not be taken into account if it is caused by ginseng.
The safety of ginseng in terms of anti-doping tests is confirmed by scientific studies.
WADA alone does not provide nutritional testing. Testing for ginseng (specifically ginseng extract) was, for example, the study of antidoping tests conducted on a group of 39 Canadian athletes using ginseng extract ( goel2004dug ). This proves that ginseng does not cause positive doping tests.