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USADA Announces Third Quarter Testing Numbers

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) performed 880 doping control tests during the third quarter of 2001, USADA Chief Executive Officer Terry Madden announced Wednesday. The 880 doping control tests covered 40 sports.

Four hundred and twenty-one tests were out-of-competition (OOC) tests done between July and September 2001, and 68 short notice out-of-competitions tests were completed during the third quarter. 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 during a training camp.

In addition, the remaining 391 tests were in an event-testing situation completed during that aforementioned three-month period. During 2001, USADA has performed 3,591 tests (870 out-of-competition, 271 short notice and 2,454 event tests).

The number of OOC tests during the third quarter increased by 29 percent from the second quarter of 2001. Overall, more than 99 percent of the third quarter tests were found negative.   

“We saw a sizable boost in our out-of-competition testing numbers during the third quarter. USADA has increased its out-of-competition testing numbers, and we will continue to follow that trend in our goal to deter doping in sport. Our event numbers are somewhat lower due in part to the September 11 tragedy, which forced the cancellation of several major competitions,” said Madden.

Among the nine adverse laboratory findings received during the third quarter, three cases 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.  Three cases involve the use of prohibited stimulants (pseudoephedrine – two cases – and ephedrine) and three cases involve anabolic steroids (norandrosterone, and two testosterone to epitestosterone [T/E] ratios) for U.S. athletes. Two cases completed the USADA adjudication process within two weeks (11 and 13 days), and a sanction was issued. Two athletes also refused to be tested, and those cases have been referred to the adjudication process.

Under a reciprocal agreement, three cases (all in track and field) dealing with U.S. athletes were referred from international federations to USADA for adjudication under its protocol. The three adverse laboratory findings involved anabolic steroids (two cases with stanozolol and one with testosterone).

One case from the fourth quarter of 2000, and one case from the first quarter of 2001 are in the adjudication process. Additionally, investigation continues for three adverse findings from the second quarter of 2001, and two adverse findings are under investigation from third quarter.

In third quarter 2001, nine athletes were sanctioned in cases that involved 11 adverse findings. One of the athletes had three adverse findings during the first two quarters of 2001. Additionally, one case from the first quarter of 2001 was dismissed after it was determined there was no doping offense.

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

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.

The breakdown of tests can be found following this release. USADA announces its test findings four times annually. The 2001 fourth quarter findings will be announced in mid-January 2002.

THIRD QUARTER, 2001 U.S. ANTI-DOPING AGENCY TEST RECORDS (July-September 2001)

      Type of Testing                         3rd Qtr                2001                                    

Sport                                   OOC1    OOC2   Event                    Total                    Total    

Archery                               3             0             8                            11                           33

Badminton                          2             0             4                            6                            15

Baseball                               0             0             0                            0                            24

Basketball                           10           0             0                            10                          115

Biathlon                                             22           0             0                            22                          91

Bobsled/Skeleton                              28           27           0                            55                          117

Bowling                               0             0             0                            0                            17

Boxing                                 0             12            0                            12                           62

Canoe/Kayak                      4             0             13                           17                           48

Curling                                1              0             0                            1                             16

Cycling                               15            0             75                          90                          185

Disabled Sports                 4             0             12                           16                           46

Diving                                 3             0             0                            3                            35

Equestrian                          1              0             0                            1                             15

Fencing                               2             0             0                            2                            61

Field Hockey                      1              4             0                            5                            58

Figure Skating                   9             0             0                            9                            61

Gymnastics                        7             0             28                          35                          45

Ice Hockey                          27           0             0                            27                          49

Judo                                     3             0             33                          36                          75

Karate                                 0             0             11                           11                           11

Luge                                     8             0             0                            8                            33

Modern Pentathlon           3             0             0                            3                            16

Racquetball                        1              0             0                            1                             7

Roller Sports                      0             0             12                           12                           32

Rowing                               20           0             76                          96                          134

Sailing                                 1              0             8                            9                            15

Shooting                              2             0             0                            2                            72

Skiing/Snowboarding       44           0             0                            44                          207

Soccer                                  0             15            0                            15                           50

Speed skating                     36           0             0                            36                          104

Squash                                2             0             4                            6                            7

Swimming                          46           0             63                          109                        243

Synchronized Swimming  0             0             6                            6                            23

Table Tennis                       0             0             6                            6                            7

Taekwondo                         2             0             4                            4                            39

Team Handball                  1              0             0                            1                             1

Track and Field                 50           0             20                          70                          951

Triathlon                             5             0             8                            13                           64

Volleyball                           10           10           0                            20                          42

Water Polo                         0             0             0                            0                            3

Water Skiing                      0             0             0                            0                            14

Weightlifting                     38           0             0                            38                          279

Wrestling                           10           0             0                            10                          59

Total                                    421         68           391                        880                        3,591

KEY:

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

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

Event: Event Testing


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