May 13, 2015
USADA announced today that Jonathan (Carter) Luck of Harrisburg, Pa., an athlete in the sport of cycling, has accepted a 12-month sanction for his non-analytical anti-doping rule violation. Luck voluntarily disclosed information and provided physical evidence to USADA that initiated what is now an ongoing investigation into other potential anti-doping cases and has been cooperative and truthful with both USADA and law enforcement agencies as the investigation has unfolded.
Luck, 24, was sanctioned for his use, attempted use and possession of human growth hormone (“hGH”), a Prohibited Substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors and Related Substances, and testosterone, a Prohibited Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents. Both substances are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union (“UCI”) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. Due to Luck’s voluntary admission of his anti-doping rule violations and full and truthful cooperation with USADA officials since the start of its investigation, he is eligible for a reduced sanction as allowed by the Code.
Luck’s period of ineligibility began on January 22, 2015, the date he admitted his anti-doping rule violations to USADA. In addition, Luck has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to August 5, 2013, the approximate date from which he admitted to first receiving hGH and testosterone, 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.