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USADA Announces Final Testing Numbers for 2009

In serving its mission to protect the integrity of competition, inspire a commitment to the core principles of true sport, and preserve the rights of U.S. athletes to compete healthy and clean, USADA works proactively through multiple programs, including: athlete and outreach education; out-of-competition, no-advance notice testing; in-competition testing; collaboration with law enforcement agencies; and worldwide cooperation with anti-doping authorities, to support clean athletes in their pursuit of level playing fields. Toward that end, USADA is pleased to share the following statistics for the year ending 2009, and specific highlights from the fourth quarter.

FOURTH QUARTER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

DCO Preparation for Vancouver Games: VANOC’s use of 19 USADA Doping Control Officers (DCOs) at the winter Olympic Games underscores both the organizing committee’s and International Olympic community’s trust in and respect for the doping control program USADA has implemented in the United States. These 19 DCOs had the privilege of attending the 2009 Fairness in Sports Conference Nov. 19-22 in Kamloops, B.C. The conference was part of the final training for the DCOs attending the Vancouver Olympic Games.

8th Annual Symposium  On Science: “Detection of Enhancement of 02 Transport: Seven Years of Progress” was the topic for the 8th Annual Symposium on Anti-Doping Science, hosted by USADA October 2-5, in Vancouver, B.C. More than 90 attendees from nearly 30 countries, including scientists, laboratory directors, and sports administrators representing renowned entities such as research institutes, international sport federations, universities, the United States Olympic Committee, the World Anti- Doping Agency, the International Paralympic Committee, professional sports leagues, and both the Vancouver and London Olympic Organizing Committees, participated in this event.

Held annually, this Symposium is designed to enable the medical and science communities to gather and discuss the enhancement of communication and understanding of the issues in doping control among various stakeholders. More information about USADA’s previous Annual Symposiums can be found on its website at https://www.usantidoping.org/what-we-do/research/symposia.aspx.

Supplement Safety Now Initiative: In December, in partnership with the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL), the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), and other national sports and health organizations, USADA launched “Supplement Safety Now,” as an effort to end the dangerous and unscrupulous practices of “rogue” manufacturers within the nutritional supplement industry.

The initiative focuses on the fact that most Americans are unaware that dangerous drugs are intentionally being sold as dietary supplements in retail and Internet stores across America, and that current laws do little to prevent these drugs from ending up in the hands of unsuspecting Americans including children.

In addition to building awareness to this ever increasing problem, Supplement Safety Now urges Congress to establish a regulatory framework that ensures that all supplements sold over-the-counter, in retail stores and online, are safe and free of dangerous steroids and other drugs. USADA’s “Supplement Safety Now” initiative includes media outreach and grassroots mobilization. Supporters are encouraged to go to www.SupplementSafetyNow.com to take action on the issue.

Athlete Ambassador Program: Also in the fourth quarter of 2009, USADA introduced the newest group of ambassadors in its Athlete Ambassador Program, which utilizes a network of athlete speakers, writers, and supporters to teach and promote the principles of true, fair and drug-free sport. Originally developed in 2002, USADA’s Athlete Ambassador Program brings together athletes who can stand alongside USADA as inspirational examples of and ambassadors for the advancement of clean sport. Ambassadors participate in a variety of ways, including delivering live presentations, writing articles, participating in USADA education video productions, or making appearances at sport functions, among others. The athlete ambassadors currently participating in the Athlete Ambassador Program include: Kristin Armstrong, Cycling; Nathalie Bartleson, Synchronized Swimming; Jeremiah Bishop, Cycling; Caitlin Cahow, Ice Hockey; John Godina, Track and Field; Ralph Green, Paralympic  Alpine Skiing; Erin Hamlin, Luge; April Holmes, Paralympic Track and Field; Augusto Perez, Paralympic Wheelchair Curling; Dee Dee Trotter, Track and Field; Kicker Vencill, Swimming; Lauryn Willams, Track and Field.

Outreach and Education: Outreach Education programming for the fourth quarter reached out to more than 1600 junior level athletes, student-athletes and students, athlete support, and parents in five (5) cities across five (5) states, representing three (3) sports and six (6) organizations. Olympic Education programming for the fourth quarter reached out to more than 687 individual elite athletes, junior athletes, athlete support, and NGB staff, in five (5) cities across four (4) states, representing more than ten

(10) sports. Together these programs encompassed athletic summits, club events, development camps,

training camps, national and international events and conferences, Olympic Training Center Dining Hall Chats, symposiums, webinars, and coaches’ conferences.

For this quarter, USADA’s Global DRO – which provides easily accessible information on the status of specific pharmaceutical products for use by athletes – received 20,259 search inquiries pertaining to U.S. products. The Drug Reference Line received 363 direct call inquiries.

2009 PROGRAM STATISTICS

USADA performed a total of 8,580 doping control tests in 2009. Of those tests, 7,131 were domestic tests and 1,449 were tests administered on U.S. and non-U.S. athletes in the United States on behalf of other anti-doping and sports organizations.

Out-of-Competition (OOC) testing accounted for 4,765 (67%) of the total domestic testing number. In addition, USADA was contracted to provide doping-control services for 980 OOC tests on behalf of other anti-doping and sports organizations. OOC testing typically occurs at the athlete’s home, training facility or other location and is performed with no advance notice to the athlete; however, some OOC tests are coordinated during team training camps.

In-Competition (IC) tests at 141 competitions around the U.S. accounted for 2,366 (33%) of the total domestic testing numbers for the fourth quarter in 2009. In addition, USADA was contracted to provide doping control services for 469 user-pay tests at 50 sport events throughout the United States.

For 2009, USADA announced a total of twenty (20) anti-doping rule violations. USADA announced five

(5) anti-doping rule violations in the fourth quarter of 2009, including one (1) for an anabolic agent as well as hormone antagonists and modulators, one (1) for an anabolic agent, one (1) for a stimulant, and two (2) for marijuana.

USADA announces its testing numbers quarterly. Individual cases of alleged doping violations are announced at the time of the resolution. For the testing history of individual athletes, visit the USADA website at usada.org

USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement and is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Testing Numbers Fourth Quarter 2009

Sport

Q1

2009

Total

Q2

2009

Total

Q3

2009

Total

Q4

2009

OOC

Q4

2009

IC

Q4

2009

Total

Total

Archery  

1

 

16

 

23

 

4

 

0

 

4

44

Badminton  

2

 

5

 

7

 

1

 

0

 

1

15

Baseball  

 

 

26

 

0

0

0

26

Basketball  

 

 

 

0

 

0

 

0

0

Biathlon  

24

 

23

 

15

 

18

 

10

 

28

90

Bobsled & Skeleton  

78

 

55

 

58

 

106

 

0

 

106

297

Bowling  

1

 

1

 

11

 

1

 

0

 

1

14

Boxing  

3

 

57

 

16

 

15

 

0

 

15

 

91

Canoe & Kayak  

20

 

53

 

14

 

12

 

0

 

12

 

99

Climbing  

 

2

 

 

0

 

0

 

2

Curling  

13

 

6

 

2

 

8

 

12

 

20

 

41

Cycling  

324

 

183

 

365

 

99

 

28

 

127

 

999

 

Dance

 

 

12

 

 

0

 

0

 

12

Diving  

8

 

31

 

23

 

8

 

0

 

8

 

70

Equestrian  

5

 

2

 

4

 

4

 

6

 

10

 

21

Fencing  

2

 

29

 

7

 

4

 

0

 

4

 

42

Field Hockey  

6

 

6

 

22

 

4

 

0

 

4

 

38

Figure Skating  

51

 

13

 

26

 

33

 

8

 

41

 

131

Football  

 

5

 

40

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

45

Gymnastics  

13

 

11

 

54

 

7

 

0

 

7

 

85

Ice Hockey  

16

 

44

 

20

 

125

 

0

 

125

 

205

Judo  

20

 

35

 

24

 

13

 

0

 

13

 

92

Karate  

2

 

10

 

12

 

4

 

0

 

4

 

28

Luge  

39

 

19

 

20

 

36

 

0

 

36

 

114

Modern Pentathlon  

2

 

7

 

1

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

11

Motocross  

6

 

 

 

0

 

0

 

6

Racquetball  

 

2

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

3

Roller Sports  

2

 

12

 

17

 

3

 

0

 

3

 

34

Rowing  

70

 

89

 

101

 

74

 

0

 

74

 

334

Rugby  

60

 

25

 

14

 

29

 

8

 

37

 

136

Sailing  

16

 

15

 

6

 

2

 

0

 

2

 

39

Shooting  

5

 

31

 

22

 

1

 

4

 

5

 

63

Skiing & Snowboarding  

182

 

107

 

79

 

180

 

65

 

245

 

613

Soccer  

15

 

18

 

22

 

11

 

0

 

11

 

66

Softball  

6

 

5

 

2

 

5

 

0

 

5

 

18

Speedskating  

79

 

54

 

71

 

77

 

105

 

182

 

386

Squash  

4

 

 

2

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

6

Swimming  

140

 

318

 

252

 

125

 

27

 

152

 

862

Synchronized Swimming  

6

 

5

 

5

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

16

Table Tennis  

1

 

2

 

8

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

11

Taekwondo  

9

 

37

 

16

 

5

 

0

 

5

 

67

Team Handball  

2

 

20

 

3

 

3

 

0

 

3

 

28

Tennis  

1

 

4

 

11

 

4

 

0

 

4

 

20

Track & Field  

401

 

701

 

320

 

293

 

61

 

354

 

1776

Triathlon  

 

48

 

 

147

 

 

91

 

 

58

 

 

34

 

 

92

 

 

378

Volleyball  

13

 

14

 

43

 

14

 

0

 

14

 

84

Water Polo  

13

 

15

 

14

 

8

 

0

 

8

 

50

Water Skiing  

4

 

10

 

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

14

Weightlifting  

48

 

90

 

51

 

38

 

45

 

83

 

272

Wrestling  

34

 

120

 

57

 

43

 

0

 

43

 

254

Paralympic Alpine

Skiing

 

2

 

8

 

3

 

20

 

22

 

42

 

55

Paralympic Archery  

 

1

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

5

Paralympic Basketball  

4

 

2

 

4

 

3

 

0

 

3

 

13

Paralympic Boccia

0

0

0

0

Paralympic Curling  

 

1

 

2

 

7

 

0

 

7

 

10

Paralympic Cycling  

13

 

15

 

14

 

7

 

0

 

7

 

49

Paralympic Equestrian  

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

4

Paralympic Fencing  

1

 

2

 

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

3

Paralympic Goalball  

1

 

3

 

3

 

3

 

0

 

3

 

10

Paralympic Judo  

1

 

1

 

1

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

4

Paralympic Nordic

Skiing

 

5

 

3

 

2

 

3

 

0

 

3

 

13

 

 

Paralympic Powerlifting  

2

 

2

 

1

 

0

 

5

 

5

 

10

Paralympic Rowing  

 

5

 

3

 

2

 

0

 

2

 

10

Paralympic Rugby  

2

 

4

 

2

 

2

 

0

 

2

 

10

Paralympic Sailing  

1

 

1

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

3

Paralympic Shooting  

1

 

1

 

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

2

Paralympic Sled Hockey  

12

 

3

 

3

 

34

 

0

 

34

 

52

Paralympic Soccer  

1

 

1

 

1

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

4

Paralympic Swimming  

29

 

23

 

19

 

8

 

0

 

8

 

79

Paralympic Table Tennis  

1

 

1

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

3

Paralympic Tennis  

2

 

3

 

2

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

8

Paralympic Track &

Field

 

10

 

32

 

20

 

14

 

0

 

14

 

76

Paralympic Volleyball  

4

 

 

3

 

2

 

0

 

2

 

9

Quarterly Subtotals:  

1,887

 

2,581

 

2,087

 

1,585

 

440

 

2,025

 

8,580

 

2009 Testing

 

1,195

 

1,300

 

4,765

 

599

 

347

 

2,366

 

1,794

 

1,647

 

7,131

 

USADA Tests:

 

Q1                  Q2                   Q3                    Q4                    TOTAL

 

            OOC                                 971               1,299

IC                                      433                  987

Total USADA Tests           1,404                2,286

 

 

 

410

 

169

 

116

 

285

 

980

 

73

 

126

 

177

 

93

 

469

 

User Pay Tests:

            OOC  

IC

 

Total User-pay Tests            483                  295                  293                    378                                         1,449

 

Combined Total           1,887                2,581              2,087                 2,025                                    8,580

 

KEY

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

IC: In-Competition Testing


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