Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
USADA announced today that a three-member panel of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) has reached a decision in the case of cycling athlete, Tony Blazejack, of Seattle, Wash., and has determined that Blazejack should receive a four-year sanction after testing positive for a prohibited substance. Blazejack, 35, tested positive for clenbuterol as the result of an in-competition urine sample he provided on August 9, 2016, at the USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships. Clenbuterol is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the International Cycling Union Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.
Blazejack’s four-year period of ineligibility began on September 2, 2016, the date he accepted a provisional suspension. In addition, Blazejack has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on August 9, 2016, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes. As such, Blazejack’s first place result at the USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships on August 9, 2016, has been disqualified. However, the independent AAA panel decided that Blazejack’s results between August 10, 2016, and September 1, 2016, should not be disqualified. This decision, as well as other arbitral decisions, can be found here.
• This media release was originally published by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on 8 August 2017. To access the original, please click here.
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