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Sitting Volleyball Athlete Sanctioned For Ostarine

The United States Anti-Doping Agency has announced Roderick Green, an athlete in the sport of sitting volleyball, has accepted a sanction of nine months for an anti-doping rule violation after he tested positive for a prohibited substance from a contaminated supplement.

The 37-year-old tested positive for Ostraine (also known as Ostabolic and MK-2866) as the result of an out-of-competition urine sample he provided on November 15, 2016.

During an investigation into the case's circumstances, Green provided information to the United States Anti-Doping Agency with information about a supplement he was taking. It was determined by USADA that Ostarine, or any known synonym, was not listed on the Supplement Facts label. A subsequent detailed analysis conducted on the supplement by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City confirmed the presence of Ostarine in the product that has since been added to the list of high risk supplements maintained on USADA’s online dietary supplement safety education and awareness resource – Supplement 411 (www.supplement411.org).

Under the contaminated products rule set forth in the USADA regulations, an athlete gets the opportunity for a substantial reduction in the otherwise applicable period of ineligibility if he/she is able to establish a significantly reduced degree of fault or negligence for his or her violation, and that the prohibited substance in the athlete’s sample came from a contaminated product. The nine-month period of ineligibility of Green began on November 15, 2016, the date his positive sample was collected. The Sitting Volleyball Athlete has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to November 15, 2016, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

Ostarine is 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 World Para-volley Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

Also known as Enobosarm, Ostarine is a non-FDA approved selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) that is used by professional athletes and bodybuilders as a performance-enhancing substance. Ostarine has been found as a declared and undeclared ingredient in many dietary supplements sold in the United States and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had issued letters in the past to specific dietary supplement manufacturers. Ostarine is only meant for legal and research purposes or under the qualified guidance of a medical practitioner.

In another development, Jessica Cosby-Toruga, an athlete in the sport of track and field, has tested positive for a prohibited substance. The 34-year-old accepted a six-year suspension for her second anti-doping rule violation. Jessica tested positive for the presence of an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid (AAS) and/or its metabolites, which was confirmed by carbon isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS) analysis, as a result of an out-of-competition urine sample she provided on September 12, 2016. She later informed USADA that Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a prohibited anabolic agent, was used by her at the direction of her physician after giving birth.

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