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US Track And Field Athlete Accepts Sanction For Doping Violation

track and field athletes immediately after leaving the start line in a raceUSADA announced today that Stephen Craig Shumaker of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, an athlete in the sport of track and field, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for his doping offense.

Laboratory analysis of a sample provided by Shumaker, 63, at the 2011 USA Masters Track & Field Championships, on July 28, 2011, in Berea, Ohio, resulted in an Adverse Analytical Finding for the administration of a steroid. Anabolic Androgenic Steroids are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.  The doping offense involved the use of a prescribed medication under the care of a physician but without first seeking a therapeutic use exemption as required by the applicable rules.

Shumaker accepted a two-year period of ineligibility, which began on September 9, 2011, the day he accepted a provisional suspension. As a result of the sanction, Shumaker is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to July 28, 2011, the day his 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.

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