Justin Ledet accepts 4-month suspension for USADA violation
USADA officials announced Wednesday that UFC heavyweight Justin Ledet has accepted a four-month suspension after an anti-doping violation earlier this year. Ledet (8-0) has gone 2-0 in the UFC, with wins over Chase Sherman and most recently a first-round submission of Mark Godbeer at UFC Fight Night 99. The 29-year-old tested positive for a metabolite of 1-testosterone and 1-androstenedione following an out-of-competition test from January 12, 2017.
Here’s the rest of the statement…
“Following notification of his positive test, Ledet provided USADA with an open container of a dietary supplement product he was using at the time of the relevant sample collection, which he had also declared on his sample collection paperwork and researched before using. Although no prohibited substances were listed on the supplement label, preliminary testing conducted on the contents of the open container indicated that it contained the anabolic agent 1-androstenedione. The presence of an undisclosed prohibited substance in a product is regarded as contamination.
Thereafter, at USADA’s request, the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, analyzed the contents of an independently sourced, unopened container with the identical lot number of the supplement in question. That testing conclusively confirmed that the supplement Ledet was using at the time of his positive test was contaminated with 1-androstenedione. Accordingly, the product has since been added to the High Risk List of supplements maintained on USADA’s online dietary supplement safety education and awareness resource – Supplement 411 (www.Supplement411.org). Athletes are reminded that even seemingly low-risk dietary supplements may contain prohibited substances, which may not be listed on the Supplement Facts label, thus USADA encourages athletes through Supplement 411 to challenge the reasons for using supplements and make themselves aware of how to reduce their risks of a positive anti-doping test and/or an adverse health event.
Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code, the determination that an athlete’s positive test was caused by a contaminated product may result in a reduced sanction. The sanction for a doping offense resulting from the use of a contaminated product ranges from a reprimand and no period of ineligibility, at a minimum, to a two-year period of ineligibility, at a maximum.”
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