December 31, 2012
USADA announced today that Cyril Jay-Rayon of Los Angeles, Calif., an athlete in the sport of cycling, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and has accepted a sanction for his anti-doping rule violation.
Jay-Rayon, 46, provided a urine sample on September 30, 2012, during an in-competition test, at the 24 Hour Nationals in Colorado Springs, Colo., that resulted in an adverse analytical finding for the stimulant Modafinil. Modafinil is prohibited in-competition under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union (UCI) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
Jay-Rayon’s 18-month period of ineligibility began on October 23, 2012, the date he accepted a provisional suspension. As a result of his anti-doping rule violation, Jay-Rayon has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to September 30, 2012, the date his sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
“Although I used Provigil for work and not to enhance my athletic performance, I should have been more aware about the substances I put in my body before competition,” said Jay-Rayon. “I would like to apologize to my fellow competitors and the race organizers for my carelessness.”
In an effort to aid athletes, as well as all support team members such as parents and coaches, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (www.GlobalDRO.com), conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference documentation.
USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.