United States Anti-Doping Agency

United States Anti-Doping Agency

United States Anti-Doping Agency

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The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), founded in 2000, is the national anti-doping organization (NADO) in the United States. The U.S. Congress has recognized USADA as "the official anti-doping agency for Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic sport in the United States."

USADA states its mission is to preserve the integrity of competition; inspire true sport; and protect the rights of athletes in the Olympic & Paralympic movement in the United States. With the vision to be the guardian of the values and life lessons learned through true sport, the organization's anti-doping programs are comprehensive and include in-competition and out-of-competition (no-advanced notice) testing, scientific research, athlete and outreach education, and adjudication and results management of testing results.

USADA's budget is funded by a U.S. federal grant through the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and with revenue generated from anti-doping testing contracts between USADA and the United States Olympic Committee and other organizations. USADA however is not a government agency but is a non-profit.

History

Recognizing the increased negative attention on doping in the Olympics, and a lack of credibility in the international community by the United States in anti-doping matters prior to 2000, the United State Olympic Committee's Select Task Force on Drug Externalization made the recommendation that an independent...
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