October 20, 2011
USADA announced today that Juan Pablo Dotti, of Duluth, Ga., an athlete in the sport of cycling, has tested positive for prohibited substances and accepted a suspension for his doping offense.
Laboratory analysis of a sample provided by Dotti at the 2011 Tulsa Tough, on June 12, 2011, in Tulsa, Okla., resulted in an Adverse Analytical Finding for an anabolic agent and amphetamine. Anabolic Androgenic Steroids and amphetamine, a stimulant, are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union (UCI) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
Dotti, 23, accepted a two-year period of ineligibility, which began on August 13, 2011, the day he accepted his sanction. As a result of the sanction, Dotti is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to June 12, 2011, the day the sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.
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