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Zero Tolerance Anti-Doping Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 1 - January 2004

Athletes' questions ...
From the USATF Mailbag

Q: "I tried to submit my athlete location form online to USADA but it would not work. What should I do?"

A: Submitting your form online is probably the quickest and most simple way for athletes to file their athlete location forms, but you need to have all the necessary information first. When filling out the athlete location form on paper, if you list your email address, USADA will then attach your email address to your account and provide you with a login and temporary password. This will enable you to log on to the USADA system. Be sure to include your email address an all correspondence with USADA

Once you are part of USADA's online system, you can update and submit your whereabouts electronically in about 20 minutes. USADA will then send you a confirmation email to let you know that your form has been updated.

If you have problems setting up your online account with USADA, you can contact Kit Fields at 866-601-2632 x2006 during USADA business hours for assistance.

Athletes can email questions to the USATF mailbag.

In This Issue

What is Zero Tolerance?

USA Track & Field CEO Craig A. Masback and USATF President Bill Roe developed the plan in concert with the USATF Board of Directors in October 2003 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 morally wrong and cheaters will be caught; and taking a more visible role on these issues.

With its emphasis on "significant, substantive action steps," the plan specifically addresses issues in the anti-doping movement that have been writ large, particularly in recent weeks and months.

Among the key 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. At the 2003 USATF Annual Meeting in Greensboro, N.C., the Athletes Advisory Committee unanimously backed lifetime bans for first-time steroid offenses. The rule change was adopted by the entire USATF membership, but lifetime bans will not go into effect until USATF can determine that they are in accordance with IAAF rules and U.S. law.

Implement a groundbreaking effort to proactively root out cheaters. USATF has set up a toll-free hotline, 866-809-8104, so athletes and others involved in track and field can anonymously report possible doping violations. All reports to the hotline are forwarded directly to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Create an elite athlete outreach program focused on anti-doping messaging. As part of the 2004 Golden Spike Tour, USATF will spearhead community outreach programs, providing athletes with the opportunity to spread the anti-drug message to young athletes at each stop of the Tour. In addition, USATF will introduce the "Zero Tolerance" program and its values to youth events, elite athletes, young people, coaches, college athletes and others in our sport.


New WADA Code Introduced

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has finalized much of its World Anti-Doping Program.

The purpose of the Program is to:

  • Protect an athlete's right to participate in doping-free sport;
  • Promote health, and fairness; and
  • Achieve harmonized, coordinated and effective anti-doping programs.

Main Elements of the Program:

  • The WADA Code is the fundamental and universal document on which the Program is based. It has been approved by our International Federation, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and will be effective as of March 1, 2004.
  • International Standard: are mandatory for all sports organizations who have implemented the new Code. One major change in respect to our sport is the requirement for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for athletes who seek permission for a required medication which is prohibited i.e. athletes with Attention Deficient Disorder. NOTE: Insulin for the management of diabetes must now go through the full TUE process. This full TUE process does not apply to athletes with asthma or exercise-induced asthma, this would require an ATUE (see below).
  • ATUE is defined as an Abbreviated TUE and is the new procedure for athletes who want permission to use certain beta-2 agonists for asthma or glucocorticosteriods by non-systemic routes (e.g., topical creams, nasal sprays, eye and ear drops).

All forms can be downloaded from the USADA website or the USATF website Elite Athlete section. These forms need to be submitted to USADA prior to a competition, not at the competition!

Athletes currently in the Out of Competition drug testing pool should have received information from USADA regarding these changes as well as a copy of WADA's 2004 Prohibited List. Soon, these athletes should expect the new 2004 USADA Guide to Prohibited Substances as well as other important documents regarding these changes.

If any athletes have questions, please contact Melissa Beasley or Jill Pilgrim at 317-261-0478 x335 or x341 respectively.


Latest News

New List of Prohibited Substances

Although the new list of Prohibited Substances when into effect on January 1, 2004, the IAAF will not be enforcing the new list until March 1, 2004. To see the New List of Prohibited Substances, visit the Elite Athlete section. While new substances have been added and removed from the list, some that have been removed are still being monitored for abuse in sport. To read about WADA's Monitoring Program, visit the Elite Athlete section.

WADA News - THG

The following statement is from the WADA website:

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) would like to advise all stakeholders that Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) is a steroid contained in the present and next year's List of Prohibited Substances. Gestrinone is namely included on the List of Prohibited Substances and THG, which has a similar chemical structure, therefore must be considered as an analogue and as a consequence is a prohibited substance. THG will be analyzed as a part of the steroid class of substances both in competition and out of competition analyses.

USADA News - Supplements

The following statement is from the USADA website:

THE USE OF DIETARY/NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS IS COMPLETELY AT THE ATHLETE'S OWN RISK, EVEN IF THE SUPPLEMENTS ARE 'APPROVED' OR 'VERIFIED.' Be aware that the definition of dietary supplements includes vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, botanicals, and their extracts.

If you take dietary/nutritional supplements you may test positive for a prohibited substance, which is not disclosed on the product label. This would result in a doping violation.

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (D-SHEA) of 1994 specifically exempted certain products from evaluation for safety and efficacy by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Thus the commonly held belief that the government approves these over the counter supplements is not correct. In addition, there has been some evidence that some products may not contain the amount of ingredient listed on the label, may not contain the ingredient listed at all, or may be adulterated with other prohibited substances not listed on the label. Imported herbal products, in particular, are often mislabeled concerning their actual ingredients.

Glucocorticosteroids Notice

Glucocorticosteroids are prohibited by Intramuscular, Intravenous, Oral and Rectal administration. ALL other methods of use (topical, eye drops, nasal spray, ear drops, etc.) in competition require an abbreviated Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). For examples of corticosteroids that require an abbreviated TUE, but can be used in-competition with that notification, see the USADA Guide at the USADA website.

Reminder - Restricted Substance Form Waivers

The Abbreviated TUE form and process replaces what was formerly called the Restricted Substance Medical Notification Form. Currently these exemptions are good for 12 months; however, this may change once the WADA Code is fully implemented. If you currently have a form on file with USADA and you are not sure when it expires, you can contact Melissa Beasley at 317-261-0478 x335.


Upcoming U.S. Events

January 31 adidas Boston Indoor Games, Boston, MA
February 6 Verizon Millrose Games, New York, NY
February 7 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Men's Marathon, Birmingham, AL
February 7-8 USA Cross Country Championships, Indianapolis, IN
February 14 Tyson Foods Invitational, Fayetteville, AR
February 15 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Men's 50 km Race Walk, Chula Vista, CA
February 27-29 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Boston, MA
March 6-7 USA Indoor Combined Events Championships, Chapel Hill, NC
March 12-13 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships, Fayetteville, AR

Important Dates

Attention! Athletes in the USADA Out-of-Competition drug-testing pool!

The forms for the 2nd Quarter of 2004 are due to USADA on March 1, 2004.

Forms can be submitted online, via fax to USADA at 719-785-2099 or to USATF at 317-261-0481 or by postal mail to USADA or USATF.

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