29 January 2018

Paralympic Alpine Skier Staci Mannella Accepts Finding of No Fault

USADA announced today that Staci Mannella, of Randolph, N.J., an athlete in the sport of Paralympic alpine skiing, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, which was determined to have been ingested by her without fault or negligence. As a result, Mannella will not face a period of ineligibility for her positive test, and because the sample was collected out-of-competition, there are no competitive results to disqualify.

Mannella, 21, tested positive for torsemide as the result of an out-of-competition urine sample she provided on November 10, 2017. Torsemide is a Specified Substance in the class of Diuretics and Masking Agents and prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, and the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

During USADA’s investigation into the circumstances of her case, Mannella provided USADA with records for a permitted oral prescription medication she was taking at the time of her positive test. This permitted medication did not list torsemide on the label, which is available only by prescription, or any other prohibited substances. However, detailed laboratory analysis subsequently conducted on the athlete’s medication tablets, as well as the same brand and dose of tablets independently sourced, confirmed torsemide contamination.

“While the rules require this to be publicly announced, we strongly believe this case, and others like it, should be considered no violation,” said Travis T. Tygart, Chief Executive Officer for USADA. “We will continue to advocate in the WADA Code review process that where no fault or negligence has occurred, an athlete should not face any violation or unnecessary public attention.”

• This media release was published by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on 29 January 2018. Click here for the original.

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