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U.S. Wrestling Athlete Victoria Francis Accepts Sanction for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

August 31, 2018

USADA announced today that Victoria Francis, of Colorado Springs, Colo., an athlete in the sport of wrestling, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a one-year sanction for her violation.

Francis, 24, tested positive for ostarine as the result of an out‐of‐competition urine sample she provided on March 6, 2018. Ostarine is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the United World Wrestling Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

During USADA’s investigation into the circumstances of the case, Francis provided USADA laboratory evidence from a third-party testing entity that a supplement product she was using prior to sample collection, which did not list any prohibited substance on the Supplement Facts label, was the source of her positive test. The contaminated products rule set forth in the Code provides the opportunity for a substantial reduction in the otherwise applicable period of ineligibility.

Francis’ one-year period of ineligibility began on March 6, 2018, the date her positive sample was collected. In addition, Francis has been disqualified from competitive results obtained on and subsequent to March 6, 2018, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

In an effort to aid athletes, as well as 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 (www.Supplement411.org) as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, USADA manages a drug reference hotline, Global Drug Reference Online (www.GlobalDRO.com), conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as an easy-reference wallet card with examples of prohibited and permitted substances, a supplement guide, an athlete handbook, and periodic alerts and advisories.

Along with education and testing, robust anti-doping programs enable investigations stemming from tips and whistleblowers. USADA makes available a number of ways to report the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs in sport in an effort to protect clean athletes and promote clean competition. Any tip can be reported using the USADA Play Clean Tip Center, by email at playclean@usada.org, by phone at 1-877-Play Clean (1-877-752-9253) or by mail.

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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