Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
USADA announced today that US Weightlifting athlete Cicely Kyle, of Pensacola, Florida, has accepted a two-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. Kyle, 22, tested positive for the presence of an androgenic anabolic steroid or its precursors, as the result of an in-competition sample collected on August 14, 2015 at the USA Weightlifting National Championships in Dallas, Texas. Anabolic Agents are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee (“USOC”) National Anti-Doping Policies (“USOC NADP”) and the International Weightlifting Federation (“IWF”) Anti‐Doping Policy, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
Kyle’s two-year sanction began on October 2, 2015, the day she received notice of her provisional suspension. As a result of the sanction, Kyle is disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to August 14, 2015, the date of her sample collection, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.
Ms. Kyle, who has been competing in weightlifting competitions for less than two years, listed her ingestion of the prohibited substance DHEA on her doping control form at the time her sample was collected. She explained: “I did not realize the over the counter substance, DHEA, was prohibited. I never intended to use a prohibited substance and did not know that it is possible to acquire banned drugs over the counter. I am heartbroken by this positive test and hope others will learn from my example and be more vigilant.”
• This media release was originally posted on the US Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) internet site on 29 December 2015. To access the original, please click here.
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