Developed by combining existing programs and USATF priorities with ambitious
new initiatives, Zero Tolerance focuses on three goals:
- Increasing efforts to catch and punish cheaters
- Expanding educational efforts and focusing the message on the theme that
cheating is wrong and cheaters will be caught
- Taking a more visible role on these issues
Among the initiatives being launched by USATF as part of the plan are:
- A substantially increased set of punishments and fines for athletes who
cheat and their coaches. This could include lifetime bans for first steroid
offenses and fines up to $100,000 for steroid convictions.
- Implement a groundbreaking effort to proactively root out cheaters. This
program will encourage whistle blowing and ask former cheaters to tell us
how they did it so we may share this information with testing authorities.
- Create an elite athlete outreach program focused on anti-doping messaging.
Utilize Golden Spike Tour community outreach programs and USATF youth events
to introduce the Zero Tolerance program to other elite athletes, young
people and college athletes.
- Call for an emergency drugs in sports summit in Washington, D.C. USATF has
called for a summit of major U.S. sports leagues and proposed the meeting be
hosted by the Drug Czars office.
- Engage the IAAF on the issue. Urge the IAAF to enforce its own rules
requiring all IAAF member countries to conduct out-of-competition testing.
Masback and Roe developed the plan in concert with the USATF Board of
Directors, which met October 18-19, 2003 in Cleveland. The full text of the plan
See the full action plan