USADA announced today that Logan Boss, of Starkville, Miss., an athlete in the sport of track and field, has accepted a six-month sanction for her second anti-doping rule violation.
Boss, 21, tested positive for canrenone as the result of an in-competition urine sample she provided on June 23, 2018, at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships. Canrenone is a Specified Substance in the class of Diuretics and Masking 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 Association of Athletics Federations Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
As with her first anti-doping rule violation, USADA determined that Boss’ positive test was caused by spironolactone, a prescribed medication that she declared on her doping control form and was using in a therapeutic dose under the care of a physician with no impact to her performance. Boss’ Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) authorizing her use of this medication was expired at the time her sample was collected. She has since updated her medical information with USADA and been granted another TUE for her continued use of the medication.
Boss’ six-month period of ineligibility began on July 13, 2018, the date she accepted a provisional suspension. In addition, Boss has been disqualified from competitive results obtained on and subsequent to June 23, 2018, the date her positive sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
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