Zero Tolerance Anti-Doping Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 2 - March 2004
In This Issue
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 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 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, including lifetime bans for first steroid offenses and fines up to $100,000 for steroid convictions.
Implementing 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.
Creating 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.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has finalized its World Anti-Doping Program. The purpose of the Program is to:
On March 1, 2004, The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) adopted the newly created WADA Code. The information listed below outlines the new policies and procedures that will be adhered to by the IAAF and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in order to mirror the WADA Program.
Main Elements of the Program:
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.
Abbreviated Therapeutic Use Exemption (Effective January 1, 2004, replaces the Restricted Substance Medical Notification): There is a new procedure for athletes seeking permission to use restricted beta-2 agonists for asthma or glucocorticosteriods by non-systemic routes. Athletes must comply with the Abbreviated TUE process in advance of using any of the specific medications.
USADA stated in a memo dated January 8, 2004 to athletes that currently approved Restricted Substance Medical Notification Forms will be valid for their one-year period. As in the past, these forms will expire one-year from the date of the physician signature. You must add topical corticosteroids by abbreviated TUE if they are not listed currently and you use those substances prior to or in competition. See the list of examples in Table 10 of the USADA Guide.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), the University of Utah and the National Football League (NFL) announced on March 8 the formation of a new drug-testing laboratory at the University of Utah. The laboratory will conduct state-of-the-art research into the use and detection of prohibited steroids and other performance-enhancing substances.
The new Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory (SMRTL) will be an independent testing laboratory located at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Initial funding for the laboratory will be provided by the NFL and USADA, as well as through a grant provided by the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) and the USOC as a legacy of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has followed in the footsteps of USA Track & Field and other sports bodies by creating a page on the IAAF web site dedicated to anti-doping. Launched March 1, 2004 in conjunction with the IAAF's adoption of the WADA Program, the new webpage includes news on anti-doping as well as links to important anti-doping forms and guidelines.
Although the new list of Prohibited Substances when into effect on January 1, 2004, the IAAF did not begin enforcing the new list until March 1, 2004. To see the New List of Prohibited Substances, visit the USATF Anti-Doping 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.
|April 3||U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's Marathon, St. Louis, MO|
|April 4||U.S. Race Walk Team Trials for IAAF World Cup, Overland Park, KS|
|April 24||USA vs. the World at the Penn Relays, Philadelphia, PA|
|May 22||GST - Home Depot Invitational, Carson, CA|
|May 31||GST - Coach Payton Jordan U.S. Open, Palo Alto, CA|
|June 5||U.S. Women's 5 km Championships, Albany, NY|
|June 5||GST - adidas Oregon Track Classic, Portland, OR|
|June 19||GST - Nike Prefontaine Classic, Eugene, OR|
|June 24-27||USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Buffalo, NY|
|July 8-19||U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field, Sacramento, CA|
Click here to view USADA's 30 second Public Service Announcement (PSA) featuring U.S. shot putter John Godina, a USADA Athlete Ambassador.
Click here to read an article from Playboy.com detailing the recent actions by the government regarding the ongoing BALCO investigation.