December 21, 2012
USADA announced today that Joseph Hall, of Boxsprings, Georgia, an athlete in the sport of Shooting, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for his doping offense.
Hall, 26, tested positive for the metabolites 19-norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone in a sample collected on June 11, 2012, at the 2012 USA Shooting National Championships in Columbus, Georgia, indicating the presence of an anabolic agent prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Shooting Sport Federation(“ISSF”) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA Prohibited List.
For his offense, USADA announced that Hall will serve a one-year period of ineligibility, which began on July 9, 2012, the day he accepted a provisional suspension. Hall has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to May 30, 2012, the date the 2012 USA Shooting National Championships started, 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.