Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
USADA announced today that Riley Stohr, of Saranac Lake, N.Y., an athlete in the sport of luge, has accepted a six-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. Stohr, 21, tested positive for Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish, above the decision limit of 180 ng/mL, as a result of a urine sample collected on March 18, 2017, at the Springs National Seeding Races 1 & 2 in Lake Placid, N.Y. Carboxy-THC is a Specified Substance in the class of Cannabinoids and prohibited in-competition under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the International Luge Federation Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
Cannabinoids are deemed Specified Substances, meaning that a resulting sanction can be reduced depending on an athlete’s degree of fault. In this case, USADA accepted Stohr’s explanation that his use of the prohibited substance occurred out-of-competition, which qualified him for a reduced sanction under the Code.
Stohr accepted a six-month period of ineligibility that began on March 18, 2017, the date his positive sample was collected. In addition, Stohr has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to March 18, 2017, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
• This media release was originally published by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on 27 July 2017. To access the original, please click here.
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