June 13, 2008
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that Robert Laurie of Long Beach, California, an athlete in the sport of in-line hockey, tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for his doping offense.
Laurie, 38, tested positive for a carboxy finasteride, which is in the class of diuretics and other masking agents, and is prohibited under the USADA Protocol and the rules of the Federation Internationale de Roller Skating (FIRS), both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. Carboxy finasteride is an alpha reductase inhibitor, which is a “specified substance” because it is less likely to be abused as a doping agent.
Laurie accepted a 6-month period of ineligibility starting on Feb. 13, 2008. As part of his sanction, he agreed to participate in an anti-doping educational program. Upon completion of the program, he will be eligible to receive a period of deferment of the remaining sanction. As a result of Mr. Laurie’s doping violation, he has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved since January 13, 2008, the date his urine sample was collected. USA Roller Sports, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, will carry out the sanction.
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.