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Copyright (c) 2003 DePaul University
 DePaul Journal of Sports Law & Contemporary Problems

ARTICLE: Winners Never Dope and Finally, Dopers Never Win: Usada Takes Over Drug Testing of United States Olympic Athletes

2003

DePaul Journal of Sports Law & Contemporary Problems

1 DePaul J. Sports L. Contemp. Probs. 124

Author

Travis T. Tygart, Esq. *

Excerpt

INTRODUCTION

Prior to the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games, the critics within, and as well as outside of, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and other sports governing bodies, including the United States National Governing Bodies (NGBs) 2 and International Federations (IFs), 3 advocated that the United States should do more to eradicate the perceived performance enhancing drug problem among United States Olympic athletes. 4 Due to this international and national criticism, then current USOC Executive President, Bill Hybl, on June 15, 1999 created the USOC Select Task Force on Drug Externalization. 5 The mission of the Select Task Force on Drug Externalization was to bring experts and professionals, within and outside of sports, together in order to determine if a new external anti-doping program should be established in the United States and, if so, to recommend what that program should accomplish. 6

After months of study and examination of the existing United States anti-doping program, the National Anti-Doping Program (NADP), 7 the Externalization Task Force determined that it would be in the best interest of the United States to establish an independent, external entity that would be responsible for all drug testing of all athletes in the Olympic Movement within the United States. 8 Based on this recommendation, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was established to eradicate doping in sport and "eliminate the perception that the USOC and the [NGBs were] not doing everything within their power to eliminate doping by United States athletes ...
 
 
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