USET Initiates USOC Drug Education Program For Pan American Games

The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has initiated a Drug Education Program for its riders long-listed for the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada.

The USET program includes four educational seminars conducted by U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Drugs & Medication Officials and attended by USET Physician M. Craig Ferrell, M.D. of Franklin, Tenn. The USET created this program in order to inform its athletes of drug testing protocols and changes to drug testing rules following the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) anti-doping summit meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, Feb. 2-4, 1999.

Working with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), the USET Drug Education Program will heighten athletes' awareness of anti-doping policies. Dr. Ferrell, the USET's Chief Medical Director, will act as advocate for USET riders and help them to understand and adhere to USOC drug policies.

Seminar Date/ Discipline/ Location

  • April 21, 1999/ Eventing/ Rolex/Kentucky Three Day Event, presented by Bayer (Lexington, Ky.)
  • May 11, 1999/ Show Jumping/ Pan American Selection Trials (Lexington, Ky.)
  • June 17, 1999/ Eventing/ Stonehall Farm (Middleburg, Va.)
  • June 23, 1999/ Dressage and Show Jumping/ Bayer/USET Festival of Champions (Gladstone, N.J.)

USOC officials and Dr. Ferrell will walk USET riders through a list of banned substances. They will also explain in detail which prescription medications are allowed when accompanied by documentation from athletes' attending physicians. In such cases, athletes will be taught to follow required procedures when sending documentation to the USOC for approval.

"With the help of the USOC and Dr. Ferrell, the USET is actively providing our riders with all the resources they need so that they are better able to follow the rules," Said Jim Wolf, USET Special Assistant to the Executive Director. "It is the athletes' responsibility to be aware of banned substances and procedures for use of permitted medications. The USET Drug Education Program is designed to insure that any athletes currently unfamiliar with the drug testing process and the IOC's policies will soon be well informed."

The United States Equestrian Team is a nonprofit organization which selects, trains, equips, finances and promotes equestrians of the highest possible standard for major international competition, including the Olympics. In doing so, USET seeks out and nurtures the growth of talented athletes-horses, riders and drivers-providing support and guidance to enable them to achieve their dreams. For more information on the USET please call 908/234-1251

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