Battle of the Paddle 2013 to Dope Test Elite Athletes

In a less than surprising move, the organizers at the BOP for 2013 has contracted with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to provide and an anti-doping program at this year’s event. USADA is the independent national anti-doping organization for the United States, and runs the U.S. anti-doping program for the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan-American and Parapan American movements, in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”). Rainbow Sandals, Inc has contracted with USADA, to demonstrate a commitment to fair, drug-free competition.

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Traditionally SUP races have avoided testing the elite racers purely because of the cost and the inconvenience involved, but that seems to have taken a dramatic turn.┬áThe use of banned performance-enhancing drugs in sports is commonly referred to as doping, particularly by the organizations that regulate sporting competitions. The use of drugs to enhance performance is considered unethical by most international sports organizations, including the International Olympic Committee, although ethicists have argued that it is not different from the use of new materials in the construction of suits and sporting equipment, which can also aid performance and give competitors an unfair advantage. The reasons for the ban are mainly the health risks of performance-enhancing drugs, the equality of opportunity for athletes, and the exemplary effect of drug-free sport for the public. Anti-doping authorites state that using performance-enhancing drugs goes against the “spirit of sport.”

Some commentators maintain that, as outright prevention of doping is an impossibility, all doping should be legalized. However, most disagree with this, pointing out the claimed harmful long-term effects of many doping agents. Opponents claim that with doping legal, all competitive athletes would be compelled to use drugs, and the net effect would be a level playing field but with widespread health consequences. Considering that anti-doping is largely ineffective due to both testing limitations and lack of enforcement, this is not markedly different than the situation already in existence.
Another point of view is that doping could be legalized to some extent using a drug whitelist and medical counseling, such that medical safety is ensured, with all usage published. Under such a system, it is likely that athletes would attempt cheat by exceeding official limits to try to gain an advantage; this could be considered conjecture as drug amounts do not always correlate linearly with performance gains.

Any athlete competing in the ELITE RACE at the Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle may be subject to blood and/or urine testing for any substance or method on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List http://www.usada.org/prohibited-list/
In addition to testing, USADA is available to provide educational information and will have jurisdiction to handle the results management process.

All ELITE RACE participants acknowledge and agree that they are subject to the Code and the USADA Protocol for the Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and its Annexes (USADA Protocol), and that they are required to abide by all such rules and by the anti-doping rules of the International Federation governing the event, the International Surfing Association (ISA). Anti-doping rule violations will be adjudicated in accordance with the USADA Protocol and the anti-doping rules of the ISA.

As USADA is an independent entity, all athletes questions or concerns regarding details of the anti-doping program at the event should be directed to USADA.

Information on Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)can be found here:

http://www.usada.org/tue/

Essential anti-doping phone telephone numbers:

USADA main number: (719) 785-2000

USADA athletes express hotline: (719) 785-2000

USADA Toll Free: (866)-601-2632

For more information you can go to the International Surfing Association’s (ISA) website page on anti-doping:

http://www.isasurf.org/development-programs/anti-doping/

References in paddling

http://www.sportscene.tv/flatwater/canoe-sprint/news/australian-pro-sport-rocked-by-doping-inquiry

http://www.gbcanoeing.org.uk/gbc/index.cfm/about/anti-doping/

http://supconnect.mylocallineup.com/SUP-Other/sup-and-performance-enhancing-drug-testing-part-one.html

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