What is USADA?
In the United States, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is the independent, non-governmental agency, recognized by Congress as the national organization to carry out all elements of the anti-doping program for Olympic and Paralympic sports. USADA is dedicated to protecting the integrity of competition, inspiring a commitment to the core principles of true sport, and preserving the rights of U.S. athletes to compete healthy and clean. Responsible for managing the testing and adjudication process of athletes subject to the program, USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through education and research initiatives.
While USADA is most often associated with testing athletes at the most elite levels, it is important to understand that USADA’s commitment to athletes who compete clean and play by the rules does not stop with elite athletes. USADA continuously works with National Governing Bodies to understand where doping is most likely to occur, and it is important to understand that drug testing could occur at any event and involve athletes at any level (e.g. age group, paratriathlon, etc.).
Athletes competing in NGB-sanctioned events should be aware of their anti-doping rights and responsibilities regardless of competition level. The place to start is USADA’s website, www.USADA.org, which serves as the prime resource center for athletes looking to find answers related to anti-doping, and information to help them compete clean.
To learn more about USADA, click here to view the introduction to USADA video, which features comments from past and current Olympians on the importance of the independent national anti-doping organization, in addition to how athletes are involved in USADA's operation.