June 7, 2013
USADA announced today that Cameron Ostrowski, an athlete in the sport of track & field, has completed his one-year period of ineligibility after testing positive for a prohibited substance.
Ostrowski, 20, tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a stimulant, as the result of a urine sample collected by the NCAA on June 7, 2012. Stimulants are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic Movement Testing and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. Methylhexaneamine is classified as a Specified Substance, and therefore the presence of that substance in an athlete’s sample can result in a reduced sanction.
Ostrowski voluntarily admitted his positive test and resulting one-year suspension from the NCAA to USADA because he is also a USA Track & Field license holder, which is a signatory to the WADA Code. Ostrowski has not competed in any sanctioned competition since his positive test on June 7, 2012. After a full investigation of the circumstances of Ostrowski’s NCAA doping offense, USADA determined that a one-year period of ineligibility was the fair and appropriate sanction given the facts of the case. As a result, Ostrowski has now served a one-year sanction which began on June 7, 2012, the day his sample was collected.
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, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug References 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.