Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
USADA announced today that Nicholas Saccente, of Springfield, Mass., an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has tested positive for multiple prohibited substances and accepted a four-year suspension for his violation. Saccente, 24, tested positive for testosterone and its metabolites, and for boldenone and its metabolites, as the result of an in-competition urine sample he provided on September 25, 2016, at the 2016 National University Championships in New Orleans, La.
Every urine sample that USADA collects is scrutinized under an Athlete Biological Passport program that examines levels of multiple steroid biomarkers that can indicate doping. Samples that exhibit atypical qualities are then targeted for more sophisticated carbon isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS) analyses, as in this case, which can reveal the presence of a synthetic anabolic agent. Testosterone and boldenone are both 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 Weightlifting Federation Anti-Doping Policy, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
Saccente’s four-year period of ineligibility began on September 25, 2016, the date his positive sample was collected. In addition, Saccente has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to September 25, 2016, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
• This media release was originally published by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on 14 February 2017. To access the original, please click here.
Tatiana Chirkina, the acting Director General of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), has told journalists...