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[LIFT CLEAN


] ANTI-DOPING


It is Your Responsibility to Lift Clean By Anna Resman


Anti-doping continues to be increasingly important in the


world of sport. Focusing specifically on Weightlifting, I am sure many of you are aware of the recent sanctions that have stripped lifters from various countries of prominent medals, including the Olympics and IWF World Championships. As a lifter, coach, parent or other supporting team member,


it is critical that you understand national and international anti- doping policies and the grave impacts of violating these policies. We’ve broken down some of the key terms below to be aware of. If you want to learn more, click on the respective term and you will be directed to an online resource with more information. Remember, it is every lifter’s individual responsibility to ensure


they are lifting clean every single day! As a USA Weightlifting member, you are subject to USADA’s ability to test and adjudi- cate anti-doping rule violations. USA Weightlifting has a zero tol- erance policy towards doping, and violators will be immediately suspended from membership.


Understanding Key Terms USADA: U.S. Anti-Doping Association. The national anti-


doping organization (NADO) in the United States for Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, and Parapan American sport. USADA manages our national anti-doping program, including in-com- petition (IC) and out-of-competition (OOC) testing, results man- agement, drug reference resources, and athlete education for all USOC-recognized national governing bodies. WADA: World Anti-Doping Agency. International indepen-


dent agency focused on scientific research, education, devel- opment of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code. World Anti-Doping Code: The document harmonizing


anti-doping policies, rules, and regulations in all sports and countries. Lift Clean: A new partnership between USA Weightlift-


ing and USADA. Beginning January 1, 2017, USA Weight- lifting has expanded its drug testing of athletes by intel- ligently selecting local events throughout the year for USADA to perform doping screening at. There will be no advanced notice given for which events will be tested under Lift Clean. Because this initiative simply expands test- ing to all levels of USA Weightlifting, the results management and adjudication process will remain the same in the event of a positive test. Whereabouts: USADA’s testing program includes the ability


to test athletes without any advance notice in an out-of-com- petition setting. Athletes are subject to testing 365 days a year and do not have “off-seasons” or cutoff periods in which test- ing does not occur. As a result, whereabouts information (dates, times, locations, etc.) must be submitted to USADA by an ath-


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lete. This allows USADA to locate a particular athlete for out-of- competition testing. DCO: Doping Control Officer. DCOs are hired, trained, and


employed directly by USADA, not a third-party agency. The objective of the DCOs is to ensure the highest level of quality control and effectiveness in upholding the World Anti-Doping Code and accompanying International Standards as they relate to sample collection. Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs): In some situations, an


athlete may have an illness or condition that requires the use of med- ication listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List. A TUE provides permission for an athlete to have a prohibited substance in their body at the time of a drug test. The Prohibited List: Updated annually, this list identifies sub-


stances and methods prohibited to athletes in- and out-of-com- petition. Refer to page 15 of this magazine for more information on updates to this year’s list. Wallet Card: Developed by USADA, this is a quick reference


summary of prohibited and permitted substances under the WADA Prohibited List.


Learning More There is a wealth of information in the digital world around


anti-doping policies and violations. Be sure to use credible sources when researching anti-doping policies and managing your substance intake. Below are the key resources that USA Weightlifting recommends for learning more.


WADA’s 2017 Prohibited List USADA’s Frequently Asked Questions USADA Athlete Handbook USADA Athlete Pocket Guide USADA Coach’s Brochure USOC Anti-Doping Policies


IN FEBRUARY 2016, TEAM USA ATHLETE MADDY MY- ERS WAS AWARDED BRONZE MEDALS IN THE SNATCH AND TOTAL FOR THE 58KG WEIGHT CLASS AT THE 2015 PAN AMERICAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, DUE TO THE DISQUALIFICATION OF COLOMBIAN GOLD MEDALIST ALVAREZ CAICEDO FOR AN ANTI-DOPING RULES VIOLATION.


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