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U.S. Shooting Athlete Accepts Suspension for Doping Violation

November 4, 2008

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that John McNally of Heath, Texas, an athlete in the sport of shooting, tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for his doping offense.

McNally, 52, tested positive for Chlorothiazide in an out-of-competition test conducted by USADA on April 24, 2008. He again tested positive for Chlorothiazide and Hydrochlorothiazide at the Olympic Team Rifle Pistol on May 19, 2008. Because McNally did not receive notice of his first positive test prior to the collection of his second sample the two positives are considered one doping offense according to the World Anti-Doping Code.

Chlorothiazide and Hydrochlorothiazide are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic Movement Testing and the rules of the International Shooting Sport Federation, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. Both substances are listed in the class of Diuretics and Other Masking Agents on the WADA Prohibited List.

McNally accepted a six-month period of ineligibility. As part of his sanction, he may participate in an anti-doping educational program, upon completion of which, his period of ineligibility will be reduced to three-months or deferred entirely if completed after three-months served.

McNally’s six-month period of ineligibility began on October 18, 2008, the day he accepted the sanction. As a result of the doping violation, McNally has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved since April 24, 2008, the date of his first positive test, and forfeits 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 at usada.org 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, conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited Substance Guide, easy- reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and complete athlete toolkits.

USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

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