August 1, 2008
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that a three-person panel from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed an appeal by Joe Warren of Colorado Springs, an athlete in the sport of Greco-Roman wrestling, which sought to reduce a two-year suspension handed down in January for a second doping violation.
Warren, 31, tested positive for metabolites of cannabis, or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), at the Senior World Team Trials on June 10, 2007, constituting his second doping offense. Cannabinoids are listed as “specified substances” and are prohibited under the USADA Protocol and the rules of the Federation Internationale des Luttes Associees (FILA), both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.
Warren’s two-year period of ineligibility began on July 23, 2007, the date of his acceptance of a provisional suspension. As a result of the doping violation, Warren has been disqualified from his event results at the Senior World Team Trials, including his first-place finish in the Seniors 60 kg division.
“This case is a strong reminder to athletes and their support teams to be diligent about learning and adhering to the anti-doping regulations, and to refrain from using unhealthy drugs like marijuana,” said USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart.
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 at usada.org 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, conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited Substance Guide, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and complete athlete toolkits.
USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.