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AAA Arbitrator Imposes Four-Year Sanction on Weightlifting Athlete Zachary Schober for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

weightlifterUSADA announced today that an independent arbitrator from the American Arbitration Association (AAA) has rendered a decision in the case of weightlifting athlete Zachary Schober, of Lititz, Pa. After an evidentiary hearing on April 5, 2023, where both Schober and USADA were provided a full opportunity to present their cases and witnesses to the independent arbitrator, the arbitrator determined that Schober will receive a four-year sanction for testing positive for multiple prohibited substances.

Schober, 30, tested positive for amphetamine, methylphenidate and its metabolite, ritalinic acid, and GW1516 metabolites GW1516 sulfone and GW1516 sulfoxide, as the result of an in-competition urine sample collected at the USA Weightlifting National Championships on July 1, 2022. Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policy, and the International Weightlifting Federation Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List:

  • Amphetamine is a Non-Specified Substance in the class of Stimulants and is prohibited in-competition.
  • Methylphenidate is a Specified Substance in the class of Stimulants and is prohibited in-competition.
  • GW1516 is a Non-Specified Substance in the class of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and is prohibited at all times.

Due to a violation of his provisional suspension, Schober’s four-year period of ineligibility began on April 17, 2023, the date his sanction was imposed. In addition, Schober has been disqualified from competitive results obtained on and subsequent to July 1, 2022, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

AAA Decision

This decision, as well as other arbitral decisions, can be found here.

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