Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
USADA announced today that Trevor Cuicchi, of Mesa, Ariz., an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has accepted a nine-month sanction after testing positive for a prohibited substance from a contaminated dietary supplement. Cuicchi, 22, tested positive for ostarine as the result of an out‐of‐competition urine sample he provided on June 14, 2018. Ostarine is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the International Weightlifting Federation Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA Prohibited List.
Ostarine, also known as MK-2866 and Enobosarm, is a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) that is illegally sold in the United States and worldwide as a performance-enhancing substance. Ostarine is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); it is not currently available as a prescription medication in any country; and its unauthorized use may carry serious side effects and is a threat to public health.
Nonetheless, ostarine has been found as a declared and undeclared ingredient in many dietary supplements sold in the United States, which has prompted the FDA to issue warning letters to specific dietary supplement manufacturers stating that ostarine is an unapproved new drug and that selling the drug is in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. More information about the risks of ostarine can be found through a USADA athlete advisory.
During an investigation into the circumstances of the case, Cuicchi provided USADA with information about a supplement purchased and used prior to sample collection, which did not list ostarine or any known synonym on the Supplement Facts label. Detailed analysis subsequently conducted on the supplement by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, confirmed the presence of ostarine in the product.
Cuicchi’s nine-month period of ineligibility began on June 14, 2018, the date his positive sample was collected. In addition, Cuicchi has been disqualified from competitive results obtained on and subsequent to June 14, 2018, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
• This media release was published by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on 28 January 2019. Click here for the original.
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