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U.S. Weightlifter Hubbard Accepts Suspension for Doping Violation

June 16, 2005

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that Amanda Hubbard of Marietta, Ga., an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for her first doping offense.

Hubbard, 23, tested positive for metabolites of cannabis or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) at the U.S. Weightlifting National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio on May 6, 2005. Cannabinoids are listed as “specified substances” and are prohibited under the USADA Protocol and the rules of the International Weightlifting Federation, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti- Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List. Cannabinoids are listed as “specified substances” because they are less likely to be abused as doping agents.

Hubbard accepted a three-month period of ineligibility. As part of her sanction, she agreed to participate in an anti-doping educational program. Upon completion of the program, she received a three-month period of deferment, allowing for a return to competition immediately.

As a result of the doping violation, Hubbard has been disqualified from the 2005 U.S. Weightlifting National Championships and forfeits her third place finish in the Women’s 58 Kilograms event. USA Weightlifting, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, will carry out the sanction.

USADA is responsible for managing 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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