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Paul Smith
September 14th, 2009, 08:09 PM
Tuesday, 15 September 2009

International Triathlon Unionís Anti-Doping Program
Factually, with the increased obligation under the Code, but more importantly in light of the pervasiveness of drugs in sport in general and its desire to keep its sport clean, ITU has created its own anti-doping department whose sole function will be to manage all anti-doping matters. ITU has committed a substantial budget to its anti-doping mission an unequivocal confirmation of ITU commitment to eradicating the use of drugs in triathlon.

Practically, various regulatory mechanisms are now in place to curb the incidence of doping in our sport. All these mechanisms seek to efficiently and effectively deter all triathletes from using drugs. More importantly, these mechanisms are the main tools that will allow the ITU to catch and punish anyone who cheats, all the while guaranteeing greater merit to the clean, fair athletes.

1. Regulatory mechanisms:
The Revised ITU Anti-Doping Regulations 2009 and the ITU Anti-Doping Program, which have all been confirmed by WADA as being fully compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.

2. Increased and efficient Out-Of-Competition Testing.
The use of prohibited methods and substances by athletes of all sports is pervasive and troubling. Triathlon is also affected by the pervasiveness of drugs As shown by yearly statistics, ITU athletes have for the most part respected their engagements as athletes, under ITU Regulations and the World Code, ITU is acting with ANADO to substantially increase its OOCT testing based on reasoned and efficient test distribution planning. In fact, the test distribution plan shall ensure that this year, every female and male included in the ITUís registered testing pool (100 at minimum) will be tested at least once, with no advance notice, out-of-competition.

Over and above this OOCT plan and the usual requisite in-competition testing, ITU continues to cooperate with WADA in its conducting of supplementary OOCT testing on behalf of ITU.

3. Increased and efficient In Competition Testing
In addition to the OOCT testing that is being done, ITU has also increased the requirements for In Competition testing as well. Many of the top athletes, including random selections are tested after ITU events. ITU has had In Competition testing as a condition of the World Cup and Continental Cup contracts but with the increased prize money and exposure of the Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series, the ITU recognizes the need for increased number of In Competition tests as well. Therefore, they have increased the number of tests that must be performed after these races. The number of tests (both urine and blood) will depend on the level of event (World Championship, World Cup, Continental Championship or Continental Cup.)

4. National Federations Testing
It is the responsibility of each National Federation to ensure that all national-level Testing on the National Federationís Athletes complies with ITUís Anti-Doping Rules. In some countries, the National Federation itself will be conducting the Doping Control. In other countries, many of the Doping Control responsibilities of the National Federation have been delegated to a National Anti-Doping Organization (NADOs). NADOs often work with ITU and its NFs to determine their National Registered Testing Pools (NRTP). These NRTPís supplement ITUís International Registered Testing Pool and help to provide a comprehensive and cohesive out of competition testing program for our triathletes.

5. Education
ITU is increasingly committed to ensure that all athletes, at all levels, are educated on the dangers of using drugs Ė for their health, their athlete status, their national pride, their reputations and ultimately, their legacy. Therefore, the ITU is enhancing its focus on education. Notably, ITU is proud to be launching the WADA Outreach Model at its 2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon Ė ITU World Championship Grand Final Gold Coast in September, and will continue to utilize the model in future competitions. We will also actively engage member federations in the dissemination of materials to athletes at all levels; increase the information links on our ITU website and weekly information in the ITU Family Newsletter (Regulations, WADA materials, as well as other various anti-doping resources); and actively encourage coaches and trainers to better acquaint themselves with all the elements of both the ITU and the World Anti-Doping Program so they all are informed and accountable.

Although ITU is investing and actively engaging itself in the fight against doping, we strongly believe that everyone involved in triathlon has a part to play in eradicating the use of drugs in sport. Together, we can make sure that all our athletes, their support staff and the medical personnel are aware of their obligations and responsibilities with regards to doping, and stay clean and healthy. This is for the athleteís best interest Ė and for the best interest and longevity of the sport.

http://www.triathlon.org/about/anti-doping/

Kevin in MD
September 17th, 2009, 02:05 PM
Hopefully I speak for others when i ask, "Why did you post the ITU press release on drug testing?"

Paul Smith
September 17th, 2009, 04:20 PM
Hopefully I speak for others when i ask, "Why did you post the ITU press release on drug testing?"

Because I thought it was pretty interesting that they have adopted this policy. There have been numerous discussion on these forums about drug testing in masters and questions about the importance of that. We have a large number of triathletes that train with ou club and it has been a fairly lively discussion about what this means for triathalon.

But it appears it wasn't all that interesting of a subject here which is fine....

Ken Classen
September 17th, 2009, 04:31 PM
But it appears it wasn't all that interesting of a subject here which is fine.... Paul, If the headline read something like If Masters bans tech suits will drug use increase amongst masters swimmers trying to obtain the same times they used to get in there Blue 70's? you might have received some traction. :rolleyes:

orca1946
September 17th, 2009, 06:02 PM
It's OK to test masters.