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Zero Tolerance Anti-Doping Newsletter
Volume 3, Issue 4 - June 2006

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.

Reminder to Athletes in the USADA Out of Competition (OOC) Testing Pool

Athlete Location Forms were due to USADA on June 1 for the 3rd quarter of 2006. They must be in before July begins! If you have a question about your status in the USADA OOC Pool, please contact USATF's Melissa Beasley at 317-713-4650. Remember that not having your form turned in by the deadline date could count as a missed test!

Athletes can submit forms electronically or via fax (719-785-2099). Forms can also be mailed to USADA at 1330 Quail Lake Loop, Suite 260, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.

USATF recommends that athletes always keep a copy of their quarterly athlete location form after they have submitted it to USADA for their personal records.

Latest News

Anti-Doping Agency to Examine Hypoxic Chambers

The executive committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will discuss the possibility of banning the artificial simulation of altitude conditions at a meeting in Montreal this month.

Following up on a recent review by the agency's scientific committees and ethical issues review panel, WADA's executive board may determine that the the use of artificially-induced hypoxic conditions be included in the agency's draft 2007 List of Prohibited Substances.

The use of the chambers, which is currently permitted, is controversial because it artificially raises red blood cell counts by using a medical device. The chambers have a big advantage over athletes living at altitude: it makes sea level training more convenient.

The World Anti-Doping Agency constantly modifies their list of prohibited substances, and sometimes removes substances which have been previously banned. The entire family of Olympic sports has accepted the WADA anti-doping code, as have most professional sports.

Upcoming Events

July 7-9 NACAC Under-23 Championships, Santo Domingo, DR
Aug. 5-6 USA/GBR Combined Events Dual Meet, Manhattan, KS
Aug. 8 PAA Mid-Summer's Twilight Classic, Eugene, OR
Aug. 19-20 USA/GBR/RUS/CHN Meet, Birmingham, GBR
Sept. 9-10 IAAF World Athletics Final, Stuttgart, GER
Sept. 16-17 IAAF World Cup, Athens, GRE


Did You Know?

USA Track & Field has recently updated our in-house phone system, and all staff members now have a direct-dial number. Please visit our online organizational directory to see the numbers of USATF staff members you call regularly so you can update your records to reflect the new direct-dial numbers.

Important Numbers

  • USADA Drug Reference Line - 800-233-0393 (toll free)
  • USATF Whistleblower Hotline - 866-809-8104 (toll free) - Athletes, coaches, and the public can contact this number to report information in confidence.
  • USATF Anti-Doping Liaison (Melissa Beasley) - 317-713-4650

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