Dutra wrote:There's a feedback button on the USADA.org site.
I responded via this feedback button. Here is the response I received:
Thanks for your comments regarding, Chris Lukezic. Please note that we take comments from those outside of the organization seriously and we appreciate input on the organization.
In regard to your concern, the issue of retirement is one that has been addressed in our policies very specifically. In the case of Chris, the issue was not that we didn’t have a policy for handling a retired athlete, but that he did not in fact retire properly. The procedure for retiring is very clear, very simple and laid out specifically in both our protocols, and the ongoing education that athletes receive. Our protocols can be downloaded from the following location (http://www.usada.org/files/pdfs/usada-protocol.pdf
). Additionally I have added in the section on retirement below.
In accordance with the USOC NADP, any Athlete or other Person enrolled in the USADA
Registered Testing Pool (“USADA RTP”) who wishes to be removed from the program
on account of retirement, must promptly notify in writing, USADA and the applicable
National Governing Body (“NGB”). Additionally, it is important for you to check
with your particular International Federation (“IF”) to ensure compliance with
any required IF retirement procedures or policies.
If you retire, you will be removed immediately from the USADA RTP. In accordance
with the USOC NADP, if you ever want to come out of retirement and return to eligible
status, you must enroll in the USADA RTP for at least six (6) months in advance of
regaining eligible status. Furthermore, pursuant to the USOC policies, all Athletes or
other Persons who are candidates for membership on the U.S. Olympic or Paralympic
teams must be enrolled in the USADA RTP for a period up to twelve (12) months
before the commencement of the Competition. Additionally, it is important for you
to confirm whether your particular IF has additional requirements in order for you to
regain eligibility after retirement.
I hope this helps you understand that these issues are not just handled on a case-by-case, or “judgments call” basis. We in fact have a very specific protocol that is followed each and every time. The overwhelming majority of athletes never have an issue.
Please let me know if you have any further questions