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17 May 2007, 02:18 pm
Cup Sailors Lead The Way In Anti-Doping Measures
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Medical and Anti-Doping News

The lack of wind in Valencia means the Louis Vuitton Cup may have fallen behind schedule this week, but one area where the 32nd America's Cup is right up to pace is anti-doping, helping ISAF keep sailing a dope-free sport.
Every team competing in the 32nd America's Cup has been subject to In Competition Testing (ICT) and Out-Of-Competition Testing (OOCT), with approximately 375 sailors forming the testing pool. Since 2006, ISAF has conducted frequent ICTs and OOCTs with no missed tests and no adverse analytical findings. These tests were conducted by the National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO), Anti-Doping Norway, in order to ensure top quality service. This year regular OOCTs have taken place and ICTs will continue for the duration of the racing in Valencia.

Arve SUNDHEIM, ISAF Secretary General, said, "ISAF are pleased to see the America's Cup lead the way in keeping sailing a dope-free sport. The co-operation ISAF has had with the America's Cup Management and the sailors in the testing pool has been first-rate."

The America's Cup sailors have been using the latest technology to keep their whereabouts information up to date in the most effective way possible. All sailors in the America's Cup testing pool are using the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) online ADAMS system to update their information, which has to include an accurate 2-hour block of whereabouts each day. All information on Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) and Abbreviated Thereapeutic Use Exemptions (ATUE) has also been completed effectively, ensuring sailors are not penalized for using otherwise-prohibited medication which has been prescribed for pre-existing medical conditions.

Parallel to the America's Cup anti-doping measures, ISAF also carries out regular ICTs and OOCTs with a Registered Testing Pool drawn from the Olympic Classes.

About Anti-Doping

ISAF is proud of sailing's reputation as a dope-free sport. ISAF is working together with WADA and the sailing world to help ensure that the sport can maintain its excellent reputation.

For athletes in the registered testing pool wishing to switch to ADAMS the process is simple - just contact the ISAF Medical Secretary to apply for an ADAMS ID.

More information on the ADAMS system, the ADAMS Athletes Guide, and an Athlete Whereabouts Training Video can all be found on the ISAF Medical and Anti-Doping microsite by CLICKING HERE.

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