Weightlifting Athlete Andrea Dowling Accepts Three-Year Sanction for Anti-Doping Rule Violation


USADA announced today that Andrea Dowling of Sedro-Woolley, Washington, a weightlifting athlete, has accepted a three-year non-compliance period for anti-doping rule violations.

Dowling, 35, tested positive for methenolone (methenolone) and its metabolite 1-methylene-5a-androstan-3a-ol-17-one (3a-hydroxy-1-methylene-5a-andostan-17-one). The result of an in-competition urine sample collected at the 2023 North American Open Series 1 & University Nationals on March 5, 2023. During an investigation into his case, Dowling also admitted that he first had and used methenolone on December 18, 2022. , and used the substance for 11 weeks before testing positive on March 5, 2023.

Methenolone is an Unspecified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and the USADA Olympic and Paralympic Movement Test Protocol, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policy and the International Weightlifting Federation Anti-Doping Rules, all implement the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited adopted the 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, Dowling was entitled to a one-year deduction from the otherwise four-year non-compliance period.

Dowling’s three-year period of ineligibility began on April 18, 2023, the date on which he was temporarily suspended. In addition, Dowling was disqualified from all competition results obtained on or after December 18, 2022, the date on which he first used and held the prohibited substance contained in his sample; including reclaiming medals, points and prizes.

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.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 provides a variety of ways to report abuse of performance-enhancing drugs in sports to protect clean athletes and promote clean competition. Any tip can be reported using USADA Play Clean Hint Centerby text message to 87232 (“USADA”), by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. JavaScript must be enabled to view.At 1-877-Play Clean (1-877-752-9253) or by mail.

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.

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Thursday, 27 April 2023

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