Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The PGA Tour has suspended Brad Fritsch for three months, after the golfer reported that a supplement he had been using contained a banned substance. Fritsch said that he had been using BioSom as part of a weight loss programme, and later discovered that it contained Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), an anabolic agent prohibited under section S1 of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List. He then reported this to Andy Levinson, the PGA Tour’s Executive Director of Policy Administration, who oversees its anti-doping programme.
‘I’m just so upset with myself that I didn’t think to question what was in the supplements’, read a Facebook statement posted by Fritsch. ‘But I never did. And in the program rules, it stipulates that a self-report is the same as a positive test. I did know this when I sent the text to Andy Levinson – like I said above, I believe in the program. I’m a proud member of the PGA Tour and I don’t take that lightly.’ Fritsch will be eligible to return to competition on 28 February 2018.
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