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Zero Tolerance Anti-Doping Newsletter
Volume 3, Issue 5 - July 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 are due to USADA on September 1 for the 4th quarter of 2006. If you have a question about your status in the USADA OOC Pool, please contact USATF's Melissa Beasley at 317-713-4650.

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

USADA Announces First Quarter Testing Statistics

On April 27, the United States Anti-Doping Agency announced that they performed 2,259 doping control tests in the first quarter of 2006 (January 1 - March 31). Of those 2,259 tests, nearly 62% (or 1,259) were no-notice out-of-competition tests, which is widely considered the most effective method of deterrence.

USA Track & Field athletes and events accounted for approximately 20% of the first quarter testing numbers, with 448 doping control tests - the most of any sport. The next most-tested sport for the first quarter was skiing/snowboarding with 273 doping-control tests.

WADA - Anti-Doping & Hypoxia article

The executive committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) met in May to discuss the possibility of banning the artificial simulation of altitude conditions. The following article discusses their conclusions from the meeting:

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 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.

At press time, WADA had not made a follow-up announcement regarding their discussion about hypoxic chambers.

Things to Consider

From the USADA Spirit of Sport Newsletter:

What is the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act?

The 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) gave manufacturers the freedom to market supplements without proof of safety or effectiveness on humans. This means that dietary supplements do not need approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they are marketed. For example, tribulus terrestris or "Trib" is a supplement that claims to build muscle. In a study from Australia, "Trib" was shown to cause a neurodegenerative condition in sheep called staggering disease. There is still little data on what it can do in humans.

If the FDA does not regulate dietary supplements, who does?

Since 1994, the dietary supplement manufacturers have been responsible for overseeing the safety of their products. The perception has been that the fox is guarding the henhouse. It is up to the manufacturers to determine the recommended dosage for its dietary supplements. Dietary supplements that contain a "new dietary ingredient" do come under more scrutiny, but it is up to the manufacturers to determine if its product contains a "new dietary ingredient." One of the few places to find information about a supplement is from the manufacturer.

Note: USADA's Drug Reference Line and Drug Reference Online do not provide information about dietary supplements.

Upcoming Events

Aug. 5 Hershey: USA vs. China
Aug. 5-6 Nike Combined Events Challenge (USA vs. GER), Manhattan, KS
Aug. 8 Road To Eugene '08 (PAA Mid-Summer's Twilight Classic), Eugene, OR
Aug. 15-20 IAAF World Junior Championship in Athletics, Beijing, China
Aug. 19-20 Norwich Union International (USA/GBR/RUS/CHN), Birmingham, Great Britain
Aug. 26 DecaNation, Paris, France
Sept. 9-10 IAAF World Athletics Final, Stuttgart, Germany
Sept. 16-17 IAAF World Cup, Athens, Greece
Oct. 19-22 Elite Athlete Retreat
Nov. 29 - Dec. 3 USATF Annual Meeting


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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