USADA announced today that Kamal Bey, of Colorado Springs, Colo., an athlete in the sport of wrestling, has accepted a one-year sanction for his failure to properly file and maintain his Whereabouts information.
Bey, 22, is a member of the USADA Registered Testing Pool (RTP), which consists of a select group of athletes subject to certain Whereabouts requirements in order to be located for out-of-competition testing. Within a 12-month period, Bey accrued three Whereabouts Failures, the first for a Missed Test on September 28, 2019; the second for a Filing Failure on November 13, 2019; and the third for a Missed Test on June 7, 2020.
The accumulation of three Whereabouts Failures within a 12-month period constitutes a rule violation under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policy, and the United World Wrestling Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code. The period of ineligibility for Whereabouts rule violations ranges from one year to two years depending on the athlete’s degree of fault. In this case, USADA determined that a one-year period of ineligibility was appropriate because Bey’s fault level was low.
Bey’s one-year period of ineligibility began on June 7, 2020, the date of his third Whereabouts Failure in a 12-month period. In addition, Bey has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to June 7, 2020, 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 file and update athlete Whereabouts, 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, 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 guide, a 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 firstname.lastname@example.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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