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Powerlifting Athlete, Michael Bond, Accepts Sanction for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

man lifting heavy barbellUSADA announced today that Michael Bond, of Cotati, Calif., an athlete in the sport of powerlifting, has tested positive for multiple prohibited substances and accepted a four-year sanction for his anti-doping rule violation.

Bond, 28, tested positive for ostarine, RAD140, and GW1516 metabolites GW1516 sulfone and GW1516 sulfoxide as the result of an in-competition drug test conducted at the Kim and Ray Speed Power Strength Invitational on May 4, 2019. Ostarine and RAD140 are non-Specified Substances in the class of Anabolic Agents, while GW1516 is a non-Specified Substance in the category of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators. These substances are prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Bond’s four-year period of ineligibility began on May 4, 2019, the date his positive sample was collected. In addition, Bond has been disqualified from competitive results obtained on and subsequent to May 4, 2019, 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 obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements (www.Supplement411.org) 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 playclean@usada.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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