August 15, 2012
USADA announced today that Monica Bascio of Evergreen, Colo., an athlete in the sport of Paralympic cycling, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and has accepted a sanction for her anti-doping rule violation.
Bascio, 42, tested positive for Tuaminoheptane as the result of a urine sample collected on May 26, 2012 at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Rome, Italy. Bascio established that her positive test was the result of taking an over-the-counter medication containing Tuaminoheptane, which is a prohibited substance 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 (“Code”) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
Tuaminoheptane is classified as a Specified Substance, and therefore the presence of Tuaminoheptane in an athlete’s sample can result in a reduced sanction when the athlete can establish the source of the substance and prove there was no intent to enhance sport performance or mask the use of a performance-enhancing substance.
Bascio’s three-month period of ineligibility, began on May 26, 2012. As a result of the violation, Bascio has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to May 25, 2012 the date the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup event started, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.
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 Reference 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.