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Zero Tolerance Anti-Doping Newsletter
Volume 2, Issue 5 - August  2005

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.

Attention Athletes

If you need to take a medication that contains a prohibited substance, you must complete the proper paperwork - either an Abbreviated Therapeutic Use Exemption (ATUE) or a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) - before competing at an event where you could be subject to doping control.

ATUE & TUE forms and instructions can be found on the USADA website at in the Athlete Express section or by contacting USATF's Melissa Beasley.

If you have questions regarding which form you need to complete or the application process - please contact USADA's Betsy Liebsch at 719-785-2045.

Athlete Location Forms

Fourth quarter athlete location forms are due to USADA on September 1. Contact Melissa Beasley or Kari Pinnock if you have questions about the USATF Out-of-Competition Drug Testing Pool (317) 261-0500.

Latest News

BALCO UPDATE: Conte Pleads Guilty

BALCO founder Victor Conte, who was previously charged with the illegal distribution of performance enhancing drugs, pleaded guilty for steroid distribution and money laundering Friday July 15.

Prosecutors agreed to drop counts against the accused if they pleaded guilty to a single count of steroid distribution as well as money laundering.

Conte, along with vice president; James Valente, and personal trainer; Greg Anderson, stood before a jury and gave their pleas.

Clean Sports Act 2005

Senator John McCain and Congressman Waxman have introduced the approval of the Clean Sports Act 2005.

The Act will be implemented to strengthen the testing procedure and penalties for performance enhancing drugs in professional sports.

The goal of this legislation is to restore the image and integrity of professional sports and send a message to the younger generation that the use of enhancement drugs is not the ticket to success.

Update: NCAA and USADA Testing GAP

The NCAA and USADA have been in discussion about the testing gap between various drug-testing programs due too a wide variety of differences. For instance, athletes who are banned by either national or international federations are able to compete at the colligate level.

The NCAA does not use Therapeutic Use Exceptions and does not recognize drug testing outside of its current system.

As of August 1 changes will soon be implemented. Athletes will no longer be able to compete collegially who are banned by organizations who comply with the WADA code.

Athlete Advisory: Warning Regarding Use of Patches and Creams

USADA has recently been informed that some athletes may have used or may currently be using certain types of transdermal delivery systems (e.g., patches or certain creams) to deliver substances into the body through the skin. USADA is taking this opportunity to once again caution all athletes that it is the personal responsibility of each athlete to ensure that s/he does not allow any prohibited substance to enter his/her system, or use any prohibited method.

There are a number of patches and creams available in the marketplace that may contain prohibited substances and could result in an athlete having an adverse drug test result. Athletes should always carefully review the list of ingredients for a pill, patch or a cream to determine if it expressly lists any prohibited substances. However, athletes should also be aware that products sold as dietary supplements are not "safe" simply because the label does not list any prohibited substances. Unfortunately, there is a very real possibility that, because of either incomplete labeling or contamination, the nutritional supplement product could contain substances not listed in the ingredients.

The same warnings that USADA has previously issued regarding the risks of using vitamins, minerals, amino acids or other dietary supplements are equally true for products that may deliver substances into the body through the skin. Athletes should exercise extreme caution when considering taking any dietary supplement, including any product that may work through a transdermal delivery system. Athletes are ultimately responsible for what they consume. If you choose to take dietary supplements or use products that deliver substances into the body through the skin, you do so at your own risk. If you are unsure of what you are taking or using, and the product is a supplement do not use the product. If you are unsure about the status of a prescribed medication, please contact your prescribing physician. If you have questions, call USADA's Drug Reference Line at 1-800-233-0393 (in U.S.) or 1-719-785-2020 (outside of U.S.).

Athlete Advantage

Get your advantage with USADA's Athlete's Advantage program, which provides tools and resources to help athletes more easily comply with anti-doping rules and policies.

The Athlete's Advantage ToolKit is a handy three-ring calendar binder containing important USADA publications, and is available to athletes in the Out-of-Competition (OOC) testing program. USADA recently launched Athlete's Advantage Online helping athletes in the OOC testing program to learn how and where to access anti-doping resources. Athletes in the OOC testing program can sign up to receive the ToolKit while going through the Online project, by e-mailing or calling (866) 601-2632 ext. 2044 or (719) 785-2044. USADA publications are available to all athletes.

Get your advantage now by visiting For information about permitted and prohibited medications, use USADA's Drug Reference OnlineTM, or call the Drug Reference LineTM at (800) 233-0393.

Upcoming U.S. Events

Aug. 4-7 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Aug. 6-14 IAAF World Championships in Athletics - Helsinki, Finland
Aug. 7 USA 15 km Race Walk Championships
Aug. 7 USA Masters 8 km Championships
Aug. 13 USA Masters Weight Pentathlon Championships
Aug. 22 - Sep. 3 World Masters Athletics Championships
Sep. 5 USA 20 km Championships

Important Numbers

  • USADA Drug Reference Line - 800-233-0393 (toll free)
  • USATF Whistleblower Hotline - 866-809-8104 (toll free)
  • USATF Anti-Doping Liaison (Melissa Beasley) - 317-261-0478 x335

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