July 15, 2003
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced Tuesday that Edris Gonzalez of Merchantville, N.J., an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, tested positive in an out-of-competition test in Merchantville on Feb. 21, 2003. Gonzalez tested for an elevated testosterone-epitestosterone ratio, which is prohibited under the rules of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). The IWF is the international federation for the sport of weightlifting.
Gonzalez, 31, accepted the six-year sanction in accordance with the IWF rules for this offense involving the prohibited use of testosterone. The suspension began on Feb. 21, 2003, which is the date of the test. While representing Puerto Rico, Gonzalez forfeited his bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada for an elevated testosterone-epitestosterone ratio.
USA Weightlifting, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, will carry out the sanction.
This is the 12th announcement issued by USADA during 2003. USADA became the independent anti-doping agency for U.S. Olympic, Pan Am and Paralympic athletes on Oct. 2, 2000.
USADA is responsible for managing the testing and adjudication process for U.S. Olympic, Pan Am and Paralympic athletes. USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.