Last updated on: 11/13/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

US Anti-Doping Agengy (USADA) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“While almost every athlete competes with the hope of winning, the powerful message of the Olympic Creed is the declaration that the essential thing is to have fought well. It is this basic human value that is at the heart
of the effort to achieve clean sport, and the use of performance-enhancing substances and methods is cheating and contrary to the ‘Spirit of Sport’ and the Olympic Games. The ‘Spirit of Sport’ means competing fairly and performing to the best of your ability–the pursuit of excellence with honor.”

“Athlete Handbook: The Road to Excellence,” US Anti-Doping Agency website, 2006

Description:

“The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is the national anti-doping organization for the Olympic movement in the United States. The U.S. Congress recognized USADA as ‘the official anti-doping agency for Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic sport in the United States.’

We are dedicated to eliminating the practice of doping in sport, and to preserving the well being of sport and ensuring the health of athletes through research initiatives and educational programs.”

“Who We Are,” USADA website (accessed Nov. 11, 2008)

Mission:

“USADA is dedicated to preserving the well being of Olympic sport, the integrity of competition, and ensuring the health of athletes.”

“USADA Mission,” USADA website (accessed Nov. 11, 2008)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Does the Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs Violate the "Spirit of Sport"?
  2. What Performance Enhancing Drugs Have Been or Are Banned in the Olympics?