US Anti-Doping

    All USAW athletes are subject to drug testing pursuant to all applicable USAW bylaws, rules, and regulations as well as all United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA) guidelines.  Athletes are identified quarterly for the USADA Out-of-Competition Registered Testing Pool, based on the following objective criteria:

    • All IWF IRTP Athletes, as determined by the IWF
    • Any athlete named to an International Team for the USA, inclusive of reserve/substitute athletes.
    • Any athlete receiving funding from USA Weightlifting
    • Top 20 ROBI per Gender for Senior Athletes, taken from the Olympic Qualification point defined by the IWF website on the submission day for the RTP Quarter.
    • Top 10 ROBI per Gender for Junior Athletes & Youth Athletes each, taken from the ROBI point defined by the IWF website on the submission day for the RTP Quarter.
    • Any athlete currently serving a sanction for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation, at the exclusive discretion of USADA.
    • Any further athlete at the exclusive discretion of USADA.

    USADA 101


    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. USA Weightlifting is opposed to the practice of doping in sport and fully supports and complies with the policies, protocols, and rules set forth by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as the independent, non-profit anti-doping organization contracted by USA Weightlifting. USADA’s comprehensive anti-doping program implemented for Weightlifting athletes is guided by their mission to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of clean athletes. 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.


    USADA’s website provides many resources 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.


    The links below are shortcuts to frequently asked about topics.


    The Prohibited List

    The Prohibited List contains all the substances and methods prohibited in sport. The List is evaluated, updated, and published every year by WADA. See the full list at


    Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO)

    If an athlete needs to take a medication, Global DRO is an easy to use online and mobile-enabled resource to search the prohibited status of specific medications based on the current WADA Prohibited List.


    Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)

    If an athlete has a legitimate medical need to use a substance or method that is prohibited, the athlete can apply for a TUE, and where appropriate, be provided an exemption to use that method or substance under medical guidance. More information on when and how to apply for a TUE is provided at


    Testing Information

    You can find information from USADA about the testing process, including information about urine and blood collection at


    Results Management

    USADA is responsible for the results management and adjudication process for USA Weightlifting, providing important independence and removing any potential conflicts of interest. Additional information about the results management process can be found at


    Supplement Information

    No organization can guarantee the safety, efficacy or non-prohibited status of a dietary supplement. Due to the current regulatory framework, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not evaluate dietary supplement products prior to them being brought to the market. As such, it is very important that athletes and athlete support personnel are aware of the risks associated with taking dietary supplements. USADA has created as an online resource to help athletes and athlete support personnel, realize the concerns surrounding the use of dietary supplements, recognize risk when it is seen, and reduce the risk of testing positive or experiencing health problems if an athlete chooses to use supplements.


    In addition, Supplement 411 also provides a list of dietary supplement products that are considered to present a high risk to athletes and consumers.


    Coach Resources

    Coaches are some of the most influential people in athlete’s lives, and are in a unique position to help them make positive and healthy choices. Understanding the role they play in keeping sport clean, as well as their responsibilities under the World Anti-Doping Code, is vital for both them and the athletes they support. Find out more at


    Health Professional Resources

    Health professionals, who care for athletes, are a vital component in the bigger picture of preserving the integrity of competition and the core principles of true sport. Athletes and support personnel depend on health professionals to help guide them in making good decisions. Understanding anti-doping rules is essential to ensuring success in program compliance and clean competition.


    Investigations and the Play Clean Tip Center

    In addition to testing, the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) emphasizes the importance of using investigative efforts to both detect and deter the use of performance-enhancing drugs and methods in sport. It is important to know that athletes are not the only people who may commit anti-doping rule violations. In accordance with the Code, coaches, trainers, doctors and other athlete support personnel may also be held accountable for their actions, should they choose to violate anti-doping rules.


    If at any time, a person suspects that their sport is being compromised by performance-enhancing drugs or methods, they can anonymously provide that information to the USADA Play Clean Tip Center at



    Athlete Express

    USADA's Athlete Express is available to help with immediate assistance for any questions or concerns. Athlete Express provides support over the phone and via email regarding whereabouts, testing, Therapeutic Use Exemptions, prohibited substances, educational resources, and more.


    1-800-601-2632 | 719-785-2000|


    Stay connected to USADA

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    Instagram - @usantidoping





    TrueSport is a community-based movement powered by USADA that champions the positive values and life lessons learned through sport. That mean they are more about perseverance than power plays; leadership than lay ups; and fair play than forehands. Through online resources, publications, events, camps, and the athlete ambassador program, TrueSport connects with parents, coaches, and youth athletes to encourage the core values of:

    ·       Courage

    ·       Respect

    ·       Integrity

    ·       Teamwork

    ·       Responsibility

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