June 30, 2006
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that John Capel of Gainesville, Fla., an athlete in the sport of track and field, tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a two-year suspension for his second doping violation.
Capel, 27, tested positive for metabolites of cannabis or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) at the Norwich Union Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, England on February 18, 2006. Cannabinoids are listed as “specified substances” and are prohibited under the USADA Protocol and the rules of the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF), the international federation for the sport of track and field, which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. Cannabinoids are listed as specified substances because they are less likely to be abused as doping agents.
Capel’s two-year period of ineligibility commenced March 15, 2006, the date on which the IAAF imposed a provisional suspension. USA Track & Field, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, will carry out the sanction.
As a result of the doping violation, Capel also has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved since February 18, 2006, including his fifth-place finish in the 60m and third-place finish in the 200m at the Norwich Union Indoor Grand Prix.
This is Capel’s second doping offense involving a specified substance, which under applicable rules mandates a two-year suspension for this offense. On August 24, 2004, at the Team Challenge Cup in Munich, Germany, Capel also tested positive for metabolites of cannabis or THC. At the direction of the IAAF, he received a public warning, in accordance with the IAAF rules for a first offense.
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