Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
USADA announced today that Shaquille Vance, of Houston, Miss., an athlete in the sport of track and field, has accepted a four-year sanction for evading sample collection. Based on Vance’s prompt admission of the violation, and in accordance with the rules, the sanction was subsequently reduced to three years by USADA and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Vance, 26, evaded sample collection after he was notified by a USADA doping control officer that he had been selected for an in-competition test at the UCO Endeavor Games. Evading sample collection, or refusing or failing to submit to sample collection, without compelling justification is a doping violation under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the International Paralympic Committee Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA Prohibited List.
Vance’s three-year period of ineligibility began on June 10, 2017, the date he evaded sample collection. In addition, Vance has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to June 10, 2017, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
• This media release was originally published by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on 10 October 2017. To access the original, please click here.
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