USA Weightlifting is opposed to the use of performance enhancing drugs.
For information on the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) please visit www.usantidoping.org
USADA Registered Testing Pool Criteria
All USAW athletes are subject to drug testing pursuant to all applicable USAW bylaws, rules, and regulations as well as all United States Anti-Doping Association guidelines. Athletes are identified quarterly for the USADA Out-of-Competition Registered Testing Pool, based on the following objective criteria:
Category 1 - Top 3 men and women per weight class from all registered members in USA Weightlifting sanctioned events and international events in the 12-month period prior to the submission date for the testing pool for any given quarter. The submission date for any calendar quarter is approximately 7 weeks prior to the beginning of the quarter.
Category 2 – Up to the top 3 men and women, aged 20 & under and not captured in Category 1, in each weight class from all registered members in all USA Weightlifting sanctioned events and international events in the 12-month period prior to the submission date for the testing pool for any given quarter. The submission date for any calendar quarter is approximately 7 weeks prior to the beginning of the quarter.
Category 3 – Athletes that have officially retired but have declared their intention to return to competition, in accordance with USADA policy.
Category 4 –Athletes that have tested positive for a banned substance in the 2 years prior to any given calendar quarter, in accordance with USADA policy.
Category 5 – In accordance with USOC policy, any athlete receiving USOC Direct Athlete Support (Elite Athlete Health Insurance, DAS Payments, USOTC Resident, USOEC Resident or Facility Use athlete) or any athlete qualifying for a program funded directly by the USOC. Athletes that received DAS of any kind must stay in the RTP for 2 Quarters following receipt of DAS.
Category 6 – Athletes on any team representing USAW in any international or pan am event.
Athletes will be notified by USADA upon notification by USAW that they have qualified for the pool according to the above criteria. Any athlete who becomes eligible for a USOC or USAW program, that was not previously eligible for the RTP, will be added to the pool immediately upon qualifying for the program and must be in compliance to participate in the program or event. Compliance with the USADA OOC RTP is mandatory for eligibility for any international team and for various programs funded by USAW and the USOC.
Important Note for 2011-2012: Athletes requesting to be on the RTP in order to fulfill requirements for 2012 Olympics, and 2012 Olympic Trials qualification must make their request in writing to USA Weightlifting, CEO, 1 Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909. This request must be done so by January 1, 2011.
USADA has created an online tool to help athletes, NGBs and athlete support personnel better navigate the issues surrounding the decision to use dietary supplements.
Supplement 411.org is a comprehensive web portal designed to help understand why risk exists and what you can do to be a more informed when deciding whether or not to use supplements.
Some of the things on Supplement 411.org that you should to be sure to check out include:
The supplement bottle video that gives an in-depth look at problems with packaging;
The High Risk list, which names specific supplements that are known to contain prohibited substances;
And also, the third party testing guide which helps evaluate independent supplement testing companies;
USADA remains committed to helping athletes who want to compete clean and healthy !