Andrew Owusu – Norman Weatherby – Bill Whitehill

Track and Field, Keeping the Sport Honest: IAAF Anti-Doping Program
Andrew Owusu – Norman Weatherby – Bill Whitehill

In the past two decades, the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) has made great strides in its war against performance enhancing drugs/methods in track and field. In 1990, 820 elite athletes were drug tested in and out of competition. By 2005, the number of in-competition and out-of-competition drug tests had increase by 315%, to 3,404. The current IAAF anti-doping program is one of the most comprehensive among high profile Olympic sports and now includes blood screening to establishing physiologic profiles of its elite athletes. This presentation and subsequent discussion covers the IAAF anti-doping program with a focus on track and field in Africa. Topics include a brief history of drug testing in athletics, testing procedures, drug testing data (2004 – 2006), registered testing pool (RTP), Where-Abouts program, challenges in Africa, and future directions as it relates to anti-doping efforts in Africa

Andrew Owusu
Middle Tennessee State University

Dr. Owusu is an assistant Professor of Public Health Education in the Health & Human Performance Department at Middle Tennessee State University. He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. His Master’s degree is in Sports Administration and Management from Wayne State College and his PhD in Health and Human Performance is from Middle Tennessee State University. His research interests include youth health risk behaviors, technology and health education and, classroom response systems. Dr. Owusu was the lead author of HealthNOW®, a web-based behavior change instrument (Thomson Publishing, Belmont, CA 2006). A native of Ghana, Dr. Owusu is the country coordinator for implementation of the Global School-Based Student Health Survey (GSHS) in Ghana. He has directed a number of international sports-related programs in Ghana at the elite and public school level. On the competitive side, he is a 4-Time African champion in the triple jump including two gold medals at the All-Africa Games (1999, 2003). In addition, he is a 3-Time Olympian (1996, 200, 2004), an 8-Time All American in the long and triple jump, and a 1998 Commonwealth Games silver medalist

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