USADA announced today that an athlete in bobsleigh sport Quentin Willey of Lubbock, Texas has accepted a three-year non-compliance period for anti-doping rule violations.
Willey, 31, tested positive for boldenone and its metabolite 5β-androst-1-en-17β-ol-3-one as a result of an out-of-competition urine sample collected on December 7, 2022. The urine sample was analyzed using a special confirmatory test known as Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS), which precisely distinguishes anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) naturally produced by the body and AAS of synthetic origin (in this case boldenone and/or its metabolites).
All AASs are Unspecified Substances in the class of Anabolic Agents and have always been prohibited under the USADA Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing Protocol, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policy, and the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation. The Anti-Doping Rules have all adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
Under section 10.8.1 of the law, an athlete facing an anti-doping rule violation that carries a four or more-year ban may receive a one-year reduction of sentence if he admits the violation and accepts the sanction alleged. 20 days from notification of the alleged anti-doping rule violation charge. Under the rule, Willey was eligible for a one-year deduction from the otherwise four-year non-compliance period.
Willey’s three-year period of ineligibility began on January 6, 2023, the date on which he was temporarily suspended. In addition, Willey was disqualified from all competition results obtained on and after May 1, 2022, when he first used the banned substance in his sample, including withholding medals, points and awards.
In an effort to help athletes and support team members such as parents and coaches understand the rules that apply to them, USADA provides comprehensive instructions on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to file and update the athlete. where, how to get permission to use a necessary medicine and the risks and dangers of taking it supplementsas well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs.
USADA also administers a drug reference line called the Global Drug Reference Online.www.GlobalDRO.com), organizes training sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and distributes a wealth of training materials such as: additional guideA nutrition guideA clean sports handbookand periodic warnings and advice.
USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement and is equally committed to maintaining the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.
Tuesday, 18 April 2023