April 16, 2018
USADA announced today that Jessica Rivera, of Portage, Ind., an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has accepted a four-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation.
Rivera, 28, tested positive for stanozolol and its metabolite 16β-hydroxystanozolol as the result of an in-competition urine sample she provided on March 3, 2018, at the American Open Series 1. Stanozolol is a non-Specified Substance 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 Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
Rivera’s four-year period of ineligibility began on March 28, 2018, the date she was provisionally suspended. Rivera has also been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to March 3, 2018, 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.
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 e-mail at email@example.com, by phone at 1-877-Play-Clean (1-877-752-9253) or by mail.
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