Lopez 3-month suspension from USADA; Jrs track results revised

  
  


USADA announced today that Cesar Lopez of El Paso, Texas an athlete in the sport of Cycling, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for his doping offense.

Lopez, 18, tested positive for carboxy-THC, a marijuana metabolite in the class of Cannabinoids, in a sample collected on July 13, 2012 at the Junior Track Nationals in Trexlertown, PA. Cannabinoids are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union(UCI) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA Prohibited List. Cannabinoids are listed as Specified Substances, and therefore the presence of those substances in an athlete’s sample can result in a reduced sanction.

Results from the 2012 USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships have been revised for the juniors men 17-18 points race and medals will be awarded accordingly. The revised results are as follows:

2012 USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships
Juniors Men 17-18 Points Race

1. Zachary Carlson (Plano, Texas/RBM-Matrix Cycling Club) 22
2. William Richter (Rock Hill, S.C./Hincapie Development Team) 20
3. Lucas Wardein (Naples, Fla./Florida Velo) 19
4. Raul Arias J.R. (East Palo Alto, Calif./San Jose Bicycle Club) 17
5. Gregory Ratzell (Blandon, Pa./Young Medalists-Team Rothrock) 12

Lopez accepted a three-month period of ineligibility, which began on August 2, 2012, the day he accepted a provisional sanction. The period of ineligibility was suspended and reduced to time served, after his successful completion of a USADA anti-doping educational program.

As a result of the doping violation, Lopez has been disqualified from his competitive results achieved on July 13, 2012, the day his sample was collected, through and including August 30, 2012, the date he completed the doping education program, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

USA Cycling would like to reiterate its zero tolerance policy for doping in sport. As the official governing body for all disciplines of American cycling, USA Cycling supports all efforts and agencies in preventing doping within cycling and cooperates fully with the appropriate testing and enforcement agencies. Cycling is amongst the most aggressive sports in the fight against doping with some of the most diverse, innovative monitoring and testing programs; as well as strict punishments.

In an effort to aid athletes, as well as all support team members such as parents and coaches, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (www.GlobalDRO.com), conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference documentation.

USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

About USADA
USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs. More information can be found at www.usada.org.

About USA Cycling
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 70,000 licensees; 2,400 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,900 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year, manages 17 national championship events and is responsible for fostering the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org.


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