March 9, 2018
USADA announced today that Lazaro Roman, of Miami, Fla., an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has accepted a four-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation after testing positive for multiple prohibited substances.
Roman, 48, tested positive for higenamine, clomiphene and its metabolites, and the M3 long-term metabolite (4α‐chloro‐18‐nor‐17β‐hydroxymethyl-17α‐methyl‐5α-androst‐13‐en‐3α‐ol) of dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT) as the result of an in-competition urine sample he provided on November 11, 2017, at the American Masters Weightlifting Championships. Higenamine is a Specified Substance in the class of Beta-2 Agonists and clomiphene is a Specified Substance in the class of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators, while DHCMT is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents. These substances are prohibited at all times under the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List that is upheld by the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Weightlifting Federation Anti-Doping Policy, which is enforced by International Masters Weightlifting.
Roman’s four-year period of ineligibility began on December 12, 2017, the date his provisional suspension was imposed. In addition, Roman has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to November 11, 2017, the date his positive sample 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.
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