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8 June 2001, 09:58 am
Agreement In The USA
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Drug Testing

The Olympic Sailing Committee of US Sailing has reached an agreement with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency
Athletes who will be subject to "in-competition" drug testing have been defined. The agreement does not affect members of the national team who are required to make themselves available for both out-of-competition testing, as well as in-competition testing.

USADA has agreed that only 'registered' elite-level athletes competing in the nine Olympic class boats (divisions) ‹ Europe (women); Finn (men); 470 (men and women); Laser (open); Mistral (men and women); 49er, Star, Tornado (all open); and Yngling (women) ‹ will constitute the pool of athletes which may be tested. The determination as to who is an elite athlete will be made between the OSC and the athlete in a two-part interactive process wherein athletes will be invited to register for selective email list serves administered by the OSC. Upon registering, sailors will be notified that by signing up for the list, they consent to be designated an elite athlete, and therefore agree to in-competition testing at Olympic class events selected by USADA. Sailors who sign up for the list serves will be screened to confirm that they are eligible.

Sailors currently registered on the list serves, with the exception of administrators, coaches and members of the 2001 US Sailing Team, will be asked to affirm their membership on the list by June 15, 2001. Any athlete wishing to remove him or herself will be given the opportunity. Athletes who remain registered on the maintained lists should make themselves familiar with banned substances in the sport of sailing, (www.sailing.org/medical), as well as USADA policies and procedures (www.usantidoping.org). The list of athletes subject to in-competition testing will be supplied to USADA upon request.

"This is a huge positive step for sailing," said OSC Chairman Fred Hagedorn (Chicago, Ill.). "This agreement should eliminate the many concerns expressed by competitors sailing Olympic class boats who do not intend to pursue a course of representing the U.S.A. in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens."

USADA is dedicated to eliminating the practice of doping in sport, including U.S. Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic athletes. USADA is the independent anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the U.S., and is responsible for managing the testing and adjudication process for the athletes. USADA is dedicated to preserving the well being of sport, the integrity of competition and ensuring the health of athletes through research initiatives and educational programs.
Jan Harley / News Editor
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