October 2, 2007
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that Jenny Sawyer of Mattoon, Ill., an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a one-year suspension for her first doping offense.
Sawyer, then 14, tested positive for methylphenidate May 12, 2007 at the USA Weightlifting National Championships in Schaumburg, Ill. Methylphenidate is a prohibited substance in the class of stimulants under the rules of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and USADA, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.
Although methylphenidate is a prohibited substance under the applicable rules, an athlete who provides documentation in advance of competition, confirming the diagnosis of a valid medical need for methylphenidate, may receive an exemption allowing the use of the substance. Sawyer’s doping offense involved the use of a prescribed medication but without first seeking a therapeutic use exemption as required by the applicable rules.
Sawyer’s one-year sanction begins on May 26, 2007. Additionally, Sawyer forfeits all competitive results obtained on or subsequent to May 12, 2007. USA Weightlifting, 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.