Swimming Athlete, Lobintsev, Accepts Finding of No Fault for Meldonium Anti-Doping Rule Violation

July 29, 2016 USADA announced today that Nikita Lobintsev, of Yekaterinburg, Russia, an athlete in the sport of swimming, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, which was determined to have been ingested by him without fault or negligence pursuant to the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) guidance concerning meldonium. Lobintsev, 27, tested positive for meldonium…

Coaches: How to Help Athletes with Inhalers Avoid Doping Violations

USADA recognizes that most athletes are dedicated to competing clean and avoiding prohibited substances. However, we also know this can be difficult when commonly prescribed medical devices, such as asthma inhalers, may contain banned substances. Many of the asthma inhalers marketed in the U.S. contain short and long-acting beta-2 agonists, which are included on the…

Track & Field Athlete, Lehonkova, Accepts Finding of No Fault for Meldonium Anti-Doping Rule Violation

July 21, 2016 USADA announced today that Nataliya Lehonkova, of Ukraine, an athlete in the sport of track & field, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, which was determined to have been ingested by her without fault or negligence. Lehonkova, 33, tested positive for meldonium as the result of an out-of-competition urine sample she provided…

AAA Panel Imposes 20-Month Sanction on U.S. Track & Field Athlete, Pizza, For Doping Violation

July 20, 2016 USADA announced today that a three-member panel of the American Arbitration Association Commercial Arbitration Tribunal (AAA) has rendered its decision in the case of track and field athlete, Greg Pizza, of San Diego, Calif., and has determined that Pizza should receive a 20-month sanction for his rule violation. Pizza provided a urine…

FINA Partners with 15 National Anti-Doping Organizations on Collaborative Testing Initiative Ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

The United States Anti-Doping Agency, the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), and 14 other leading National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs), today announced the continued success of a global collaborative testing initiative in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The participating organizations worked together to develop a comprehensive, fair, and strategic test distribution plan to be…

U.S. Gymnastics Athlete, Shaldybin, Accepts Finding of No Fault for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

July 14, 2016 USADA announced today that Kristen Shaldybin, of Highwood, Illinois, an athlete in the sport of gymnastics, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, which was determined to have been ingested by her without fault or negligence. Shaldybin,18, tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide and its marker, 3‐chloroaniline‐4,6‐disulfonamide, as the result of an out-of-competition urine…