August 28, 2008
USADA announced today that Michael Kapes of Northport, FL, a U.S. athlete in the sport of BMX, has accepted a two-year period of ineligibility after testing positive for anabolic steroids during the Gator Nationals competition.
Kapes, 20, tested positive for Boldenone, and 19-norandrosterone, as the result of a urine sample collected at the National Bicycle League’s Gator Nationals on March 15, 2008 in West Palm Beach, FL. These are prohibited as anabolic steroids under the USADA Protocol and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code, and the WADA Prohibited List.
Kapes accepted the sanction which began on July 7, 2008, the day his provisional suspension was accepted, in accordance with the UCI (the sport’s international federation) rules for a first offense. He is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to March 15, 2008, the day the sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
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