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by Shane Stokes
January 26, 2018
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USADA announced Thursday that a three-member panel of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) recommended a four-year sanction for amateur U.S. cyclist Jennifer Schumm, of Greenwood Village, Colorado, who tested positive for testosterone.
Schumm, 41, was subject to testing due to her membership in USA Cycling, which maintains the RaceClean Program that works to combat doping at the amateur level of cycling. She tested positive for the presence of an anabolic agent and/or its metabolites as the result of a urine sample she provided on May 28, 2016, at the Koppenberg Boulder Spring Classic in Superior, Colorado. Her urine sample was analyzed using a specialized test that differentiates between anabolic-androgenic steroids naturally produced by the body and prohibited anabolic agents of external origin.
While Schumm had been prescribed testosterone by her medical provider, the AAA Panel found that she knew before racing that the testosterone she received was prohibited and failed to declare testosterone on her doping control form. Although an athlete may be prescribed a prohibited substance by a physician, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) is required to authorize the use of a prohibited substance in sport, and athletes have access to resources from both USADA and WADA that explain the TUE requirements.
Under the USADA TUE Policy, an athlete has the responsibility to demonstrate in advance of using a prohibited substance that the medical need to treat an acute or chronic condition satisfies all four strict criteria within the WADA International Standard for TUEs (ISTUE). In this instance, Schumm’s TUE application was denied because USADA’s independent TUE Committee of endocrinologists unanimously determined it did not meet the ISTUE criteria.
Schumm’s four-year period of ineligibility began on July 21, 2016, the date she accepted a provisional suspension. In addition, Schumm has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to May 28, 2016, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.
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