Press Release from USADA:
HALE REPLACES SHORTER AS USADA CHAIRMAN; OLYMPIAN ASHFORD NAMED TO USADA BOARD
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Apr. 28, 2003) – Frank Shorter, who has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the United States Anti-Doping Agency since its inception in 2000, announced his resignation Monday. He resigned due to pressing time commitments required for his numerous business ventures.
Dr. Ralph Hale (Washington, D.C.), who has served as the Vice Chairman on USADA’s Board of Directors, was named the USADA Chairman of the Board. The executive vice president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, His extensive international anti-doping work sport includes serving on the USOC/USSR Anti-Doping Commission (1989-92).
In addition, four-time Olympic track athlete Evelyn Ashford (Walnut, Calif.) will assume the vacant board position and Dr. Richard Cohen (Atlanta) becomes the Vice Chairman of the USADA Board of Directors.
“It is a bittersweet time for me, and I remain as passionate as ever regarding anti-doping efforts throughout the world. I was honored to be asked to contribute to the initial direction of USADA and am proud of what has been accomplished to date. Now, due to both business commitments, and a desire to focus more time and effort on writing and education, I have decided I cannot dedicate the time and focus I feel is appropriate to serve as USADA’s Chairman of the Board,” said Shorter. “This has been one of the most rewarding quests in which I have been involved and am very thankful to have been able to voice my opinions and help current and future athletes toward their goal of drug-free sport.”
Shorter (Boulder, Colo.) won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, followed by a silver medal-performance at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
“Frank helped us with the birth of the baby (USADA), and has been a staunch advocate of the anti-doping efforts in the United States for many years. The USADA Board of Directors and staff, plus the athletes across the country owe a great debt of gratitude to Frank. He has admirably represented the United States during his career as an Olympic gold medallist and in his fight against doping prior to and with USADA,” said Dr. Hale.
“We hope Frank will continue the fight against doping in sport, and we cannot thank him enough for the countless hours he dedicated toward this cause,” said Terry Madden, USADA's Chief Executive Officer. "He has played a major role in regaining respect for American athletes, both nationally and internationally, in regards to being clean athletes.”
Shorter has been an outspoken advocate of international anti-doping initiatives.
"USADA has been very active in reestablishing a level playing field in Olympic sport," Shorter said, “I know that USADA is looking forward to fulfilling its mission of preserving the well being of sport, the integrity of competition and ensuring the health of athletes."
One of the greatest female sprinters in track and field history, Ashford won the 100 meters and anchored the winning 4 x 100m relay at the 1984 Olympics. She also anchored the gold medal-winning 4x100m relays at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, and earned a silver medal in the 100 meters at the 1988 Olympics. She was the top-ranked sprinter in the world on four occasions and number one-ranked American seven times. Ashford also competed at the 1976 Olympic Games. She was a two-time world record holder in the 100 and was a member of 15 U.S. national teams and won 19 national titles, including six indoors.
“I am excited about the opportunity USADA has provided me to increase the athlete’s input in the fight against doping in sport. USADA’s mission of being dedicated to the well being of sport, the integrity of competition and ensuring the athlete’s health are essential toward the continued success of our anti-doping efforts in this country,” said Ashford, who earned all-America accolades at UCLA.
A noted orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Cohen served as chairman of the Doping Control Commission for the 1996 Olympic Games, and worked as an advisor on doping control to the Nagano Olympic Organizing Committee during the 1998 Olympic Winter Games.
USADA is the independent anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States, and is responsible for managing the testing and adjudication process for U.S. Olympic, Pan Am and Paralympic athletes. USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.