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U.S. Weightlifting Athlete Ernest Prempeh Accepts Sanction for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

weightlifterUSADA announced today that Ernest Prempeh, of Somerville, N.J., an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has accepted a four-year suspension for an anti-doping rule violation.

Prempeh, 29, tested positive for 4-chloro-18-nor-17β-hydroxymethyl,17α-methyl-5α-androst-13-en-3α-ol (M3), a long-term metabolite of dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT), and other 4-chlorinated, 17α-methylated androgenic anabolic steroids (AAS), as the result of a urine sample collected in-competition at the American Open Finals on December 7, 2018. All AAS, including DHCMT, are non-Specified Substances in the class of Anabolic Agents and 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 Weightlifting Federation Anti-Doping Policy, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA Prohibited List.

Prempeh’s four-year period of ineligibility began on December 7, 2018, the date his positive sample was collected. In addition, Prempeh has been disqualified from competitive results obtained on and subsequent to December 7, 2018, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

In an effort to aid athletes, as well as 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 (www.Supplement411.org) 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 distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as an easy-reference wallet card with examples of prohibited and permitted substances, a supplement guidea nutrition guide, an athlete handbook, and periodic alerts and advisories.

Along with education and testing, robust anti-doping programs enable investigations stemming from tips and whistleblowers. USADA makes available a number of ways to report the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs in sport in an effort to protect clean athletes and promote clean competition. Any tip can be reported using the USADA Play Clean Tip Center, by email at playclean@usada.org, by phone at 1-877-Play Clean (1-877-752-9253) or by mail.

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.

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