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Zero Tolerance Anti-Doping Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 2 - March 2004

Athletes' questions ...
From the USATF Mailbag

Q: "If I am selected for doping control - either in competition or out of competition - do I have to drop everything and go directly to doping control?"

A: In a word, no. Athletes selected for doping control in competition (at an event) have a minimum of 60 minutes to report to the doping control station, although once they have been notified, they will have a chaperone who must accompany and observe them until they have signed into the doping control station. During that 60 minutes, an athlete can cool down, change clothes, meet with family, friends or their coach, sign autographs, attend awards ceremonies or media appearances as long as they remain at the venue, with their chaperone. If you are selected for an out of competition test, athletes DO have the right to finish their workout, if they are at practice - a common question that many athletes have.

Athletes also have the right to have a representative accompany them when they are tested. This person can be a manager, coach, spouse or parent and must be over the age of 18 years of age. It is always recommended that athletes take a representative with them to doping control that can be a 'second-set' of eyes to the procedure.

If you have questions about the doping control procedures, you should always ask the doping control officer who is performing the test. You also have the right to complete a feedback form with any suggestions or concerns that you may have about the process. If you have further questions or concerns about doping control process, please contact USATF's Melissa Beasley at 317-261-0478 x335.

Athletes can e-mail questions to the USATF mailbag.

In This Issue

Why 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 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.

New WADA Code In Effect

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has finalized 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.

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:

  • The WADA Code: 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) who adopted this Code on March 1, 2004.
  • International Standards: 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. This does not apply to athletes with asthma or exercise-induced asthma, they 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.

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 Application required for athletes who use Restricted Substances

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.

USADA, USOC, University of Utah and NFL announce new lab

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.

IAAF launches Anti-Doping webpage

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.

List of Prohibited Substances

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.

Upcoming U.S. Events

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


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