USADA and USA Cycling’s amateur anti-doping program appears to be having some success. Cyclist Nelson Rolo, with seven podiums in the last two seasons, was sanctioned today by USADA. Full USA Cycling press release below.
Colorado Springs, Colo. (December 11, 2015) – USADA announced today that Nelson Rolo, of Weston, Florida, an athlete in the sport of cycling, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and has accepted a one-year sanction for his rule violation.
Rolo, 31, tested positive for benzoylecgonine as a result of an in-competition urine sample he provided on July 12, 2015, at the Rosewood Series in Cooper City, Fla. Benzoylecgonine is a metabolite of cocaine, a substance in the class of Stimulants 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. The in-competition sample was collected in conjunction with USA Cycling’s RaceClean Program, a joint-initiative dedicated to clean sport, ensuring a level playing field, and promoting athletes’ health and well-being.
After a thorough review of the case, USADA determined a 12-month sanction was appropriate upon concluding that the athlete did not intend to impermissibly enhance his athletic performance through the use of a prohibited stimulant.
Rolo’s sanction began on July 12, 2015, the day of collection. In addition, Rolo has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to July 12, 2015, the date his sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.
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.