October 31, 2008
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that Steven Cisar of Altadena, CA, an athlete in the sport of cycling, tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for his doping offense.
Cisar, 22, tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol acid, a marijuana metabolite in the class of Cannabinoids, in a sample collected on September 13, 2008 at the Supercross BMX event in Salt Lake City, UT. Cannabinoids are listed as “specified substances” and are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic Movement testing and the Union Cycliste Internationale Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. Cannabinoids are listed as “specified substances” because they are less likely to be abused as doping agents, and therefore use of those substances can result in a reduced sanction.
Cisar accepted a three-month period of ineligibility, which began on October 16, 2008, the day he accepted the sanction. As part of his sanction, the period of ineligibility was deferred after his completion of an anti-doping educational program, which he completed on October 16, 2008. As a result of the doping violation, Cisar has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on September 13, 2008, the date of his positive test, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.
This is a reminder that athletes and athlete support personnel must be diligent about learning and understanding anti-doping regulations. To aid athletes in this effort, USADA includes comprehensive instruction on its website at www.usada.org on the testing process and prohibited substance information. In addition, USADA manages a drug reference hotline, conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited Substance Guide, easy-reference wallet cards, and complete athlete toolkits.
USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.