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16th March 2018
USADA announced today that Yamile Lugo, a Colombian athlete in the sport of cycling, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a four-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. This sanction was subsequently reduced by two-years at the discretion of USADA and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) based on Lugo’s prompt admission of the violation.
Lugo, 46, tested positive for testosterone, which was confirmed by CIR (GC/C/IRMS) analysis, as a result of an in-competition urine sample she provided May 17, 2015, at the Gran Fondo New York. USADA was contracted by event organizers to conduct testing and results management for the event and collected Lugo’s sample in accordance with the WADA International Standard for Testing. Anabolic Agents are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA Prohibited List.
Upon notification of her positive test, Lugo promptly accepted responsibility for her violation and explained that prior to receiving notice from USADA, she was unaware the product that caused her positive test contained a prohibited substance. After a thorough review of the case, USADA accepted Lugo’s explanation; however, because a cursory examination of the product that caused Lugo’s positive test would have resulted in the discovery that it was prohibited in sport, and because she manifestly disregarded the risks associated with her use of that product, USADA determined that Lugo was ineligible for a reduction of the standard four-year period of ineligibility.
Nonetheless, based on her prompt admission of the anti-doping rule violation, both USADA and WADA recognized that a reduced sanction was appropriate in this case and in accordance with article 10.6.3 of the Code, decreased Lugo’s period of ineligibility to two-years. Lugo’s period of ineligibility began on May 17, 2015, the date on which her sample was collected. In addition, Lugo has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved in competitions sanctioned by the UCI or any Code signatory on and subsequent to May 17, 2015, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.
• This media release was originally published on the USADA internet site on 26 April 2016. To access the original, please click here.
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