Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
USADA announced today that Liz Palmer, of Playa Vista, Calif., an athlete in the sport of track & field, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a four-year sanction for her violation. This sanction was subsequently reduced by six months at the discretion of USADA and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and in accordance with the rules, based on Palmer’s prompt admission of the violation.
Palmer, 56, tested positive for the prohibited substance 17β-hydroxymethyl-17α-methyl-18-norandrost-1,4,13-trien-3-one, a metabolite of methandienone, as a result of an in-competition urine sample she provided on March 5, 2016, at the USA Track & Field (USATF) Masters Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. This substance is in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing (the “Protocol”), the United States Olympic Committee (“USOC”) National Anti-Doping Policies (“USOC NADP”), and the International Association of Athletics Federations (“IAAF”) Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”) and the WADA Prohibited List.
Palmer’s period of ineligibility began on March 5, 2016, the date her positive sample was collected, and will continue for three years and six months. In addition, Palmer has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to March 5, 2016, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
• This media release was originally published by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on 3 August 2016. To access the original, please click here.
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