Press releases 15th April 2021

Cycling Athlete Vahe Aivazian Accepts Sanction for ADRV

USADA announced today that Vahe Aivazian, 52, of Woodland Hills, Calif., an athlete in the sport of cycling, has accepted a four-year suspension for an anti-doping rule violation involving his possession and use and/or attempted use of multiple prohibited substances. In addition to education and testing, robust anti-doping programs enable investigations stemming from various sources, including tips (Play Clean Tip Line) and whistleblowers. USADA investigations can reveal evidence about the actions of coaches, athletes, and support personnel who have engaged in, instigated, facilitated, or encouraged doping.

“An essential part of an effective of an anti-doping program is to work closely with athletes, coaches, and others in sport and elsewhere who want clean and fair competition and to thoroughly investigate and act on credible evidence of doping violations,” said USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart. “It’s a team effort and we need those who value clean sport to stand up, as this case demonstrates the fight for clean sport is stronger when we work together to protect clean athletes.”

This type of information led USADA to discover that Aivazian purchased products containing five different prohibited substances. After investigating further and reviewing additional materials, which USADA received in January and February 2021, USADA learned that Aivazian possessed and used and/or attempted to use five additional prohibited substances. The ten substances below, which Aivazian possessed and used and/or attempted to use, are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policy, and the Union Cycliste Internationale Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

  1. Testosterone – a Non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents
  2. Nandrolone – a Non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents
  3. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) – a Non-Specified Substance in the category of Anabolic Agents
  4. Somatropin (hGH) – a Non-Specified Substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances, and Mimetics
  5. Ipamorelin – a Non-Specified Substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics
  6. GHRP-6 – a Non-Specified Substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances, and Mimetics
  7. CJC-1295 – a Non-Specified Substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances, and Mimetics
  8. IGF-1 – a Non-Specified Substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances, and Mimetics
  9. Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) – a Non-Specified Substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances, and Mimetics
  10. Anastrozole – a Specified Substance in the class of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators

Aivazian contested his case through the applicable arbitration process until he elected to sign an acceptance of sanction form the day before the arbitration hearing in his case was to begin. Aivazian’s four-year period of ineligibility began on April 7, 2021, the date on which he accepted the sanction. In addition, Aivazian’s competitive results obtained on and subsequent to June 16, 2010, the date on which he first used prohibited substances, have been disqualified, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

• This media release was published by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on 15 April 2021. Click here for the original.

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