September 5, 2013
USADA announced today that Yoelkis Aira, of Miami, Fla., an athlete in the sport of cycling, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and has accepted a two-year sanction for his anti-doping rule violation.
Aira, 41, tested positive for Phentermine as the result of an in-competition urine sample collected on June 8, 2013 at the FRBA Stuart in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Phentermine is a prohibited Stimulant under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the rules of the International Cycling Union (UCI), both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
Aira accepted a two-year period of ineligibility, which began on July 7, 2013, the date he last competed. As a result of the sanction, Aira is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to June 8, 2013, the date his sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.
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understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive
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