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U.S. Weightlifting Athlete, Zachary Wuebben, Accepts Sanction for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

weightlifterAugust 31, 2017

USADA announced today that Zachary Wuebben, of Emerald Isle, N.C., an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has accepted a four-year sanction after testing positive for multiple prohibited substances.

Wuebben, 25, tested positive for clomiphene and ritalinic acid, a major metabolite of methylphenidate, as the result of an in-competition urine sample he provided on April 9, 2017, at the National University & National Under 25 Championship. Clomiphene is a Specified Substance in the class of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and methylphenidate is a Specified Substance in the class of Stimulants. Clomiphene is prohibited at all times and methylphenidate is prohibited in-competition only under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the International Weightlifting Federation Anti-Doping Policy, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA Prohibited List.

Wuebben’s four-year period of ineligibility began on May 5, 2017, the date he accepted a provisional suspension. In addition, Wuebben has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to April 9, 2017, the date he competed in the National University & National Under 25 Championship, 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, USADA manages a drug reference hotline, Global 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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