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U.S. Weightlifting Athlete Megan Palicka Accepts Sanction for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

weightlifterUSADA announced today that Megan Palicka, of Clemmons, N.C., an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has accepted a three-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation after testing positive for multiple prohibited substances.

Palicka, 30, tested positive for ostarine and RAD140 as the result of an out‐of‐competition urine sample she provided on June 10, 2017. Ostarine and RAD140 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 (the Code) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Ostarine and RAD140 are investigational drugs that have not been approved by the FDA for human use. Consumers could suffer serious adverse health consequences by using unapproved black-market drugs.

Palicka’s three-year period of ineligibility was reduced from four years based on the substantial assistance provided to USADA during its investigation. Palicka’s three-year period of ineligibility began on June 10, 2017, the date her positive sample was collected. In addition, Palicka has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to June 10, 2017, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

Under the Code, all athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping rule violation are required to continue to make themselves available for testing in order to receive credit for time completed under their sanction. If an athlete retires during their period of ineligibility, the athlete’s sanction will be tolled until the athlete returns from retirement and once again becomes available for no-advance-notice, out-of-competition testing. Palicka retired on October 3, 2017 and, therefore, remains under sanction until she returns from retirement and is available for testing for the balance of her period of ineligibility.

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, USADA manages a drug reference hotline, Global 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 email at playclean@usada.org, by phone at 1-877-Play Clean  (1-877-752-9253) or by mail at the address below.

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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