November 29, 2011
USADA announced today that Damon Allen, Jr. of Philadelphia, Pa., an athlete in the sport of boxing, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for his doping offense.
Allen, Jr., 19, tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic, as the result of an out-of-competition sample collected on July 19, 2011. Diuretics are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Boxing Association (AIBA) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. Diuretics are listed as Specified Substances, and therefore the presence of those substances in an athlete’s sample can result in a reduced sanction.
Allen, Jr. accepted a six-month period of ineligibility, which began on September 1, 2011, the day he accepted a provisional suspension. As a result of the sanction, Allen, Jr. is also disqualified from all results obtained on or subsequent to July 19, 2011, the day his urine sample was 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 recreational 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.