1st June 2020

Track and Field Athlete Cole Walsh Accepts Sanction for ADRV

USADA announced today that Cole Walsh, of Glendale, Ariz., an athlete in the sport of track and field, has accepted a six-month suspension for an anti-doping rule violation. Walsh, 24, tested positive for 11-nor-9-carboxy-tetrahydrocannabinol (Carboxy-THC) over the Decision Limit of 180 ng/mL, a urinary metabolite of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis, marijuana, and/or hashish as the result of a sample collected in-competition at the International Springer-Meeting in Cottbus, Germany on January 29, 2020. Cannabis, marijuana, and hashish are Specified Substances in the class of Cannabinoids and are prohibited in-competition under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

Walsh’s sample was collected by the National Anti-Doping Agency of Germany (NADA), and referred to USADA for results management. Walsh accepted a six-month period of ineligibility that began on January 29, 2020, the date his positive sample was collected. Based on Walsh’s successful completion of a counseling program regarding his use of marijuana, his period of ineligibility was reduced by three months. In addition, Walsh has been disqualified from competitive results obtained at the International Springer-Meeting, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

• This media release was published by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on 1 June 2020. Click here for the original.

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