FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ AND INDIANAPOLIS (February 25, 2022) – USA Track & Field and BD, a leading global medical technology company, today announced the extension of BD’s sponsorship to 2022.
As USATF’s official COVID-19 test sponsor, BD will continue to provide on-demand rapid testing solutions to help ensure the safety of all attendees at USATF events. The sponsorship will also include announcing at events and on broadcasts, as well as the presenting sponsorship of the 2022 USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships, to be held on 26-27. February in Spokane, WA.
BD and USATF joined forces in 2021 to help professional athletes feel more confident when returning to competition through the use of the BD Veritor ™ Plus System, a portable, user-friendly, point-of-care antigen test that detects SARS-CoV-2 with a simple digital display. By giving results in just 15 minutes, this test will help ensure the safety of our country’s fastest and strongest athletes, their coaches, event organizers and other staff.
BD delivered more than 8,000 tests for the 2021 Olympic trials alone, which helped ensure that athletes and participants were confident and healthy throughout the 2021 competition season. While the USATF maintained operations safely, they had a very successful year, highlighted by 11 Journey to Gold domestic events to prepare athletes for Tokyo and 26 Olympic medals.
“BD was a critical partner in 2021, delivering tests and allowing us to safely run our Journey to Gold events and at the U.S. Olympic team trials,” said USATF Executive Director Max Siegel. “Our continued relationship underscores the USATF’s priority of providing a safe, competitive environment at all times for our country’s top athletes, coaches, event organizers and other staff.”
Dave Hickey, President of Life Sciences for BD added, “The BD partnership with USATF emphasizes our commitment to helping people return to their normal lives and pursue their passions. To ensure that people have a fast, timely and reliable way testing for COVID-19 is crucial in keeping the disease at bay while helping athletes, families, supporters and fans back with confidence in the activities they love. ”
To live up to its commitment to protecting the welfare of its voters, fans and stakeholders, the USATF established a COVID-19 Working Group of Medical, Scientific and Industrial Experts, which advises on issues related to COVID-19 and receives regular updates from the US Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, and other U.S. professional sports leagues. On the basis of the information, the working group provides guidance and recommendations on health, well-being and safety issues as well as competitive logistical conditions. More information can be found at usatf.org/covid19.
About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the national governing body for athletics, long distance running and running in the United States. The USATF includes the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the most watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s # 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport, and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org.
About the BD Veritor ™ Plus system for rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2
The BD Veritor ™ Plus system for rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 analysis has not been approved or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The test has been approved by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for use by authorized laboratories. The test is only approved for the detection of proteins from SARS-CoV-2, not for other viruses or pathogens; and the test is approved only for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist which justify the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for the detection and / or diagnosis of COVID-19 in accordance with Section 564 (b) (1) of the Act, 21 USC § 360bbb-3 (b) (1), unless the authorization is revoked or revoked earlier. For more information on the BD Veritor ™ system, please visit bdveritor.com.
BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and promotes the healthcare world by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and care delivery. The company supports the heroes at the forefront of healthcare by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help promote both clinical therapy for patients and clinical processes for healthcare providers. BD and its 75,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help increase the safety and effectiveness of clinicians ‘treatment processes, enable laboratory researchers to accurately detect disease, and advance researchers’ abilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapy. BD has a presence in virtually every country and collaborates with organizations around the world to solve some of the most challenging global health problems. By working closely with clients, BD can help improve results, reduce costs, increase efficiency, improve safety and expand access to healthcare. For more information on BD, please visit bd.com or contact us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/bd1/ and Twitter @BDandCo.
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