December 20, 2016
USADA announced today that Joseph Mazzie, of East Meadow, N.Y., an athlete in the sport of roller hockey, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a four-year suspension for his violation.
Mazzie, 29, tested positive for RAD140 and ibutamoren as the result of an out-of-competition urine sample he provided on August 24, 2016. RAD140 is a substance in the class of Anabolic Agents, while ibutamoren is in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics. Both substances are prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the International Roller Sports Federation Anti-Doping Policy, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
The use of experimental drugs like RAD140 and ibutamoren by athletes and consumers poses serious health risks, and these drugs are not approved by the FDA for human use or consumption.
Mazzie’s period of ineligibility began on August 24, 2016, the date his positive sample was collected. In addition, Mazzie has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to August 24, 2016, 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, USADA manages a drug reference hotline, Global 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.