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U.S. Boccia Athlete, Anwar, Accepts Public Warning for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

two boccia balls on a white backgroundUSADA announced today that Abdallah Anwar, of North Hollywood, Calif., an athlete in the sport of Boccia, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and has accepted a public warning for his anti-doping rule violation.

Anwar, 30, provided an out-of-competition urine sample on May 6, 2013, that resulted in an adverse analytical finding for Hydrochlorothiazide and Chlorothiazide, which are in the class of diuretics and other masking agents prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Boccia Sport Federation (“BISFed”) Anti‐Doping Code, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Hydrochlorothiazide and Chlorothiazide are classified as Specified Substances, and therefore the presence of the substances in an athlete’s sample can result in a reduced sanction. Anwar was taking the prescription medication Hydrochlorothiazide, in a therapeutic dose under the care of a physician; however, Anwar failed to obtain a therapeutic use exemption in advance of taking the medication as required by the rules. The presence of the medication and its metabolite, Chlorothiazide, in Anwar’s sample resulted in the adverse analytical finding.

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, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug References 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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