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USADA Announces 2001 First Quarter Testing Numbers

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) performed 1,112 doping control tests during the first quarter of 2001, USADA Chief Executive Officer Terry Madden announced Tuesday. The 1,112 doping control tests involved 30 sports.

One hundred and fifty-one tests were out-of-competition (OOC) tests done between January and March 2001, and 65 short notice out-of-competitions tests were completed during the first quarter. In addition, the remaining 896 tests were in event testing situation completed during that same three-month period. Short notice testing is when an athlete knows testing will occur no more than 24 hours prior to the testing. An example of short notice testing would be a test conducted at a training venue.

Among the 15 adverse laboratory findings, eight were for samples for which the athlete had prior notification records on file for the use of a restricted substance (salbutamol).  The test results are thus reported as negative with respect to a doping offense. Two cases for detection of a stimulant were on international athletes, and were referred to the responsible international federation.  The review panels have been appointed to review the five cases involving U.S. athletes.  Four cases involve the use of prohibited stimulants (amphetamine, ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and methylphenidate) and one case involves a steroid (nandrolone or its precursors).

During the fourth quarter of 2000, USADA performed 458 tests (163 out-of-competition and 295 event) involving 19 sports.

Investigation continues for one adverse finding from the fourth quarter of 2000.  Five additional cases are under investigation or require additional testing before the case can be referred to the adjudication process.

The initial step of the USADA adjudication process involves review of all documentation by an independent panel of experts selected from the members of the USADA Anti-Doping Review Board.  The review panel recommends whether there is sufficient evidence of a doping offense according to the rules to proceed with a sanction or appeal hearing.  The USADA goal was to complete this initial step of adjudication within 60 days of the adverse finding.  All cases are within the time frame.

The detection of a banned substance may or may not be ruled a doping violation.

The breakdown of tests can be found following this release. USADA will announce its test findings four times annually. The second quarter findings should be announced in mid-July.

USADA is the independent anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States, and is responsible for managing the testing and adjudication process for U.S. Olympic, Pan Am, and Paralympic athletes. USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

FIRST QUARTER, 2001 USADA TEST RECORDS (January to March 2001)

Type of Testing                                                                                          

Sport                                   OOC1    OOC2   Event     Total    

Archery                               1              0             12            13

Biathlon                                             0             0             62           62

Bobsled/Skeleton                              1              15               24           39

Bowling                               0             0             16            16

Boxing                                 0             0             25           25

Curling                                1              0             12            13

Cycling                               4             0             0             4

Diving                                 1              0             0             1

Equestrian                          1              0             0             1

Fencing                               0             0             36           36

Field Hockey                      0             0             27           27

Figure Skating                   1              0             48           49

Gymnastics                        1              0             6             7

Ice Hockey                          0             24           0             24

Judo                                     3             0             0             3

Luge                                     0             0             29           29

Rowing                               1              0             0             1                                                     

Shooting                              1              0             25           26

Skiing/Snowboarding       5             0             144         149

Soccer                                  0             20           0             20

Speedskating                      5             0             48           53

Squash                                1              0             0             1

Swimming                          21            0             33           54

Taekwondo                         1              0             0             1

Track and Field                 47           0             249        304

Triathlon                             6             0             6             12

Volleyball                           3             0             0             3

Water Skiing                      1              0             0             1

Weightlifting                     41           0             67           108

Wrestling                           4             0             0             4

Total                                    151          59           868         1,074

 

KEY:

OOC1: Out-of-Competition Testing (no-advance notice)

OOC2: Out-of-Competition Testing (short notice)

Event: Event Testing


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