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Track And Field Athlete Accepts Sanction For Anti-Doping Rule Violation

image of empty outdoor track starting lineUSADA announced today that Amy Dodson of Sahurita, Ariz., an athlete in the sport of track and field, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and has accepted a suspension for her offense.

Two urine samples collected after the PF Chang’s Rock and Roll Marathon 50k, resulted in an Adverse Analytical Finding for oxilofrine, which is prohibited in the class of Stimulants on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, which has been adopted by the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Oxilofrine is classified as a Specified Substance and therefore the presence of that substance in an athlete’s sample can result in a reduced sanction.

“My positive test was caused by my use of an over-the-counter product that I did not realize contained a prohibited substance.  I regret not conducting more research on the actual contents of the product before I used it. I encourage athletes to contact USADA prior to using any product, even over-the-counter products that are seemingly harmless, to ensure they are free of a prohibited substance,” said Dodson.

Through the course of the investigation conducted by USADA, Dodson identified the source of her positive test as a weight management product she had been taking prior to her positive test, which was not intended to enhance her performance.

Dodson has accepted a six-month period of ineligibility which began on April 29, 2011, the date she accepted a provisional suspension. As a result of the violation, Dodson has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to January 16, 2011, the date her samples were collected, 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 psychoactive 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.

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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