The National Pro Grid League (NPGL) announced on Monday that it will partner with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to conduct athlete testing during the 2015 season. Grid is a multifaceted endurance and strength competition that pits two coed teams against each other in two-hour matches of weightlifting and bodyweight challenges. There are currently eight NPGL teams across the country.
USADA will independently administer NPGL’s anti-doping programs according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.
“The NPGL is happy to be partnering with USADA,” Aaron Bailey, NPGL’s commissioner and director of competition, said in the release. “We are committed to keeping our sport fair and drug-free.”
USADA’s program for the NPGL will strive to educate athletes and personnel about various substances and supplements, conduct testing in and out of competition, and manage test results.
“It is a strong statement in support of clean and safe competition that the NPGL is making by taking the important step to protect the rights of clean Grid athletes by implementing a WADA-level anti-doping program this season,” Andrew Morrison, director of sport testing and resources for USADA, said in the release. “We commend them for their stand for clean sport and the message it sends to all those who want to compete clean at the highest levels of sport.”