For USADA and anti-doping purposes, athletes who retire from competitive sport must promptly inform USADA, their respective sport National governing body (NGB), and their International Federation (IF) in writing through fax, courier, or email. If an athlete sends the retirement statement via email, the retirement statement must come from an email address that the athlete has on file with USADA. USA Swimming and USA Track and Field athletes wishing to retire must first contact their NGB as those sports require specific forms to be completed.
It is very important for athletes to check with their respective IF for its policy on retirement. Under the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) National Anti-Doping Policies, any athlete who has not provided advance written notice of retirement to USADA and then refuses to participate in a USADA out-of competition (OOC) test claiming retirement will be subject to an anti-doping rule violation.
Athletes who retire will be immediately removed from the USADA Registered Testing Pool (RTP) and will no longer have to comply with certain athlete requirements such as providing whereabouts information. To confirm retirement, an athlete will receive a retirement letter from USADA stating the date of retirement, withdrawal from retirement information, and return from retirement options, should an athlete wish to return to competition at a later date.
Return from Retirement
In accordance with Article 5.7 of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, athletes wanting to come out of retirement and return to eligible status must enroll in the USADA RTP, fulfilling all whereabouts requirements, and make themselves available for testing for a period of at least six (6) months in advance of participating in International or National level events as defined in the Code. To re-enroll in the USADA RTP, an athlete must send a return-from-retirement statement through courier, fax, or email to USADA. If an athlete sends the return-from-retirement statement via email, the statement must come from an email address that the athlete has on file with USADA. USA Swimming and USA Track and Field athletes wishing to return from retirement must first contact their NGB as those sports require specific forms to return from retirement.
Additionally, athletes should confirm whether their particular IF has additional requirements in order for them to regain eligibility after retirement. All athletes returning from retirement will be treated as new athletes to the USADA RTP and will be notified by USADA in accordance with the USOC National Anti-Doping Policies.
Read the “Retirement Responsibilities” in Annex F of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing.