November 2, 2007
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that Lindsey Scherf of Somerville, Massachusetts, an athlete in the sport of track and field, committed a first anti-doping rules violation and has accepted a one-year period of ineligibility.
Scherf, 20, refused to take part in a doping control test July 1, 2007 at the Gold Coast Marathon in Brisbane, Australia. Her refusal was a violation of the applicable rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the international federation for the sport of track and field, and USADA, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code. USADA took into consideration the unusual circumstances in her case in offering her a reduced sanction for her rule violation.
Scherf’s one-year period of ineligibility begins September 21, 2007, the day she was provisionally suspended. Additionally, Scherf is disqualified from all competitive results obtained on or subsequent to July 1, 2007, the day she refused to submit to sample collection, and forfeits any medals, points and prizes. USA Track & Field, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, will carry out the sanction.
Scherf refused to submit to sample collection in part because she was unsure about the requirement for a therapeutic use exemption in order to use her asthma medication prior to the competition. Scherf now acknowledges that her decision to refuse the doping control test was not excused by these circumstances, but at the time she refused the test she believed she was justified in doing so.
USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.