May 2, 2016
USADA announced today that Daniel Lehr, of Ripon, California, an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a four-year sanction for his violation. This sanction was subsequently reduced by three-months at the discretion of USADA and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and in accordance with the rules, based on Lehr’s prompt admission of the violation.
Lehr, 31, tested positive for the prohibited substances 1-androstenedione and its metabolite 5α-androst-1-ene-3α-ol-17-one, and ostarine and its metabolite o-desphenylostarine, as a result of an in-competition urine sample he provided on August 15, 2015, at the USA Weightlifting National Championships in Dallas, Texas.
Ostarine and 1‐androstenedione, are substances in the class of anabolic agents, and are prohibited under the
USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) National Anti-Doping Policies (USOC NADP) and the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Anti-Doping Rules, all of whom have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
Lehr’s period of ineligibility began on August 15, 2015, the day his sample was collected. In addition, Lehr has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to August 15, 2015, the date his samples was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
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.