July 11, 2008
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that Nelacey Porter of Chula Vista, CA, an athlete in the sport of Paralympic Track & Field, tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for his doping offense.
Porter, 23, tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol acid, a THC metabolite in the class of cannabinoids, in a sample collected on June 13, 2008 at the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Trials in Tempe, AZ. Cannabinoids are listed as “specified substances” and are prohibited under the USADA Protocol and the rules of the International Paralympic Committee, both of 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, and therefore use of those substances can result in a reduced sanction.
Porter accepted a three-month period of ineligibility. As part of his sanction, he agreed to participate in an anti-doping educational program, upon completion of which, he will receive a period of deferment of the remaining sanction.
As a result of the doping violation, Porter has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved at the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Trials.
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, the agency 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.