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U.S. Weightlifting Athlete, Phillips, Accepts Sanction for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

weightliftingUSADA announced today that Jessica Phillips, of Kennesaw, Georgia an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has accepted a 14-month sanction for her use of a prohibited method.

During an out-of-competition test on April 25, 2016, Phillips, 25, declared the use of an intravenous infusion of non-prohibited substances. A subsequent investigation by USADA revealed that the intravenous infusion received by Phillips was administered in a volume greater than 50 mL within a 6 hour period under the care of a physician. Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing (the Protocol), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) National Anti-Doping Policies (USOC NADP), and the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, intravenous infusions in a volume greater than 50 mL within a 6 hour period are prohibited – except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital admissions, surgical procedures or clinical investigations. Intravenous infusions or injections received in any other setting require an approved Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

Phillips period of ineligibility began on April 25, 2016, the date her use was declared. In addition, Phillips has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to April 25, 2016, 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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