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AAA Panel Imposes 13-Month Sanction On U.S. Volleyball Athlete, Klineman, For Doping Violation

arms going up over a volleyball net to block the ballUSADA announced today that a three-member panel of the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA), rendered its decision in the case of Alexandra Klineman, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., an athlete in the sport of Volleyball. The AAA panel found that Klineman has committed an anti-doping rule violation, and will serve a 13-month suspension.

Klineman, 23, tested positive for the presence of an androgenic anabolic steroid or its precursors, which was confirmed by CIR (GC/C/IRMS) analysis, after three out-of-competition urine samples were collected by USADA. The AAA panel accepted Klineman’s explanation that her results were from the inadvertent ingestion of her mother’s DHEA supplement, and that her violation was not intentional cheating. Anabolic Androgenic Steroids are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Volleyball Federation (“FIVB”)Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. In accordance with the rules, since all three samples were collected in short succession and prior to notification of the first positive result, the three adverse analytical findings will be treated as one offense.

View The AAA Decision PDF
View The AAA Decision PDF

The AAA Panel determined that a 13-month sanction was appropriate given the mitigating circumstances of her case. Klineman’s period of ineligibility began on May 22, 2013 the day her first sample was collected.

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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