Another American weightlifter Matthew McCullough has been given a 20-month ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after failing a drugs test for a banned substance. Just weeks after American Tiffany Parlor was given a four-year sanction for testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.
An investigation found that the 25-year-old McCullough’s positive test was caused by the use of two dietary supplements that listed higenamine on the label.
He accepted his sanction after a positive result from an out-of-competition urine sample on July 28, where he failed for higenamine.
This substance is banned under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, as well as the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s
National Anti-Doping Policy and the International Weightlifting Federation’s Anti-Doping Policy.
They have all adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list, which also outlaws higenamine.
Due to the nature of the positive test, which saw McCullough declare the supplements in a doping control form and then cooperate with authorities, USADA called for a reduced ban of 20 months.
This ineligibility period started on July 28 and will end in March 2022.
McCullough has been disqualified from competitive results obtained on and subsequent to July 28.