Athlete Services: Anti-Doping
Having a fair and effective anti-doping program is vital to ensure that the rights of clean athletes and the integrity of competition are upheld. The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee is opposed to the practice of doping in sport, and fully supports and complies with the policies, protocols and rules set forth by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in their efforts to protect clean athletes in sport. This includes cooperating with WADA and USADA in promoting fairness and equality for all athletes and respecting the autonomy of both agencies. As a condition of membership and recognition by the USOPC, National Governing Bodies and High-Performance Management Organizations must comply with national and international anti-doping codes.
In response to the systematic doping that emerged as a global topic in 2017, the USOPC renewed its commitment to promote integrity, health and every athlete’s fundamental right to compete in clean sport. The USOPC leveraged its position within the International Olympic Committee, Association of National Olympic Committees and WADA to advocate for change, outlining the need for centralized testing and oversight by an independent body with overriding global authority and increased funding. To that end, the USOPC dedicates millions of dollars to enhance antidoping testing, monitoring and research, while playing a leadership role in fostering greater progress in ant-doping reform worldwide.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is the independent, nonprofit anti-doping organization in the United States. Guided by its mission to preserve the integrity of competition and inspire true sport, USADA is charged with implementing a comprehensive anti-doping program for all U.S. Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American National Governing Bodies, athletes and events. USADA's scope of responsibility includes:
- Education for athlete and athlete support personnel
- Drug reference resources
- In-competition and out-of-competition testing
- Results management processes
USADA is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), which is a framework of anti-doping policies, rules, and regulations within sport. The Code, along with the supporting International Standards, is maintained by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to ensure global harmonization of anti-doping rules.
To help athletes, athlete support personnel, and medical professionals understand the anti-doping process and the role they play in helping to protect clean sport, USADA.org provides a variety of resources in the areas of: