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by Shane Stokes
April 11, 2018
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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Tuesday that Dylan Lima, of Mission Viejo, California, tested positive for the presence of an anabolic agent and/or its metabolites and accepted a four-year sanction for his violation. The sanction was subsequently reduced by one-year at the discretion of USADA and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and in accordance with the rules, because Lima promptly admitted his violation and cooperated with USADA throughout the investigation.
Lima, 27, tested positive as the result of an out-of-competition urine sample he provided on July 14, 2017. His 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. The use of anabolic agents, such as testosterone, is prohibited at all times under World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA Prohibited List.
Although the athlete’s medical records showed that testosterone was contained within a prescribed medication he was using, Lima lacked a valid Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). 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). It is also important to understand that a prescription in and of itself is not adequate evidence to authorize the use of a prohibited substance in sport.
Lima’s three-year period of ineligibility began on July 14, 2017, the date his positive sample was collected. In addition, Lima has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to July 14, 2017, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.