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Retirement Policy


Timing of Announcement. Any USA Track & Field (USATF) athlete may elect to retire from the sport at any time.
 
Notice of Retirement. Once an athlete decides to retire, he/she should notify USATF in writing regarding the decision.  The current USATF National Office contact is Talia Mark, Associate Director, Anti-Doping and Community Projects (Talia.Mark@USATF.org). The athlete will be provided with a Notice of Retirement form which must be completed and then signed in front of a notary and return to USATF.
 
Notice to USADA. Once an athlete has submitted his/her signed and notarized Notice of Retirement form to USATF, USATF will notify USADA on behalf of the retiring athlete.  Once accepted, USADA will contact the retiring athlete directly, confirming his/her retirement and removal from the Registered Testing Pool (RTP). 
 
USATF Benefits Enrollment. Elite athletes who are enrolled in benefits through USATF and/or USOC will be removed from the benefit system. Upon confirmation of his/her retirement, the athlete will have thirty (30) days before his/her membership in the benefits system is cancelled. Any questions regarding benefits administered through USATF should be directed to USATF.  The current USATF National Office contact is Sariyu Suggs, USATF High Performance Programs Manager (Sariyu.Suggs@USATF.org).  Any athlete who is enrolled in the USOC Elite Athlete Health Insurance will have the option to enroll in the USOC’s Continuance Plan for one (1) year or select alternate coverage.
 
Return from Retirement. Any athlete who later wishes to return from retirement will need to make that decision and comply with all drug tests administered during the relevant period preceding re-eligibility (twelve (12) months) in advance of any planned athletic competition. The athlete must first notify USATF of the decision to return to competition. A Return from Retirement form must be completed by the athlete and submitted to USATF. The current USATF National Office contact is Talia Mark, Associate Director, Anti-Doping and Community Projects (Talia.Mark@USATF.org). A statement asserting the athlete’s intention to return to competition must also be submitted to USADA, and the athlete must notify USADA of his/her intent to enroll in the out-of-competition testing pool. All athletes returning from retirement will be treated as a new athlete to the USADA RTP and will be notified by USADA in accordance with the USOC National Anti-Doping Policies.  
 
Return to Testing Pool. The athlete must be available for testing for a period of at least twelve (12) months prior to competition. The athlete must successfully complete all drug tests administered during the specified period preceding the re-eligibility date.

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