UFC fighter suspended by USADA following failed drug test. The organization announced via press release that the suspension would last for a year.
UFC Women’s Flyweight Rachael Ostovich has run afoul with the United States Anti-Doping Agency following a failed drug test for two different banned substances. According to USADA officials, Ostovich tested positive for ostarine and GW1516 following an out-of-competition drug test administered on Jan. 3. Both substances are banned at all times for athletes competing in the UFC.
Ostovich initially faced a two-year ban, However, the USADA deemed it justified to reduce the sentence due to lack of intent on the fighter’s part.
“Although ostarine and GW1516 were not listed on the supplement label, the analysis revealed that the product contained ostarine and GW1516, the substances for which Ostovich tested positive,” USADA officials said in a statement. “The product label listed another prohibited substance, but Ostovich did not realize at the time that it was prohibited. Consistent with other cases with similar circumstances, USADA determined that a small reduction from the default two-year period of ineligibility was justified.
“Ostovich received an additional reduction to the otherwise applicable period of ineligibility for her Full and Complete Cooperation. Under the revised UFC (Anti-Doping Program) announced on November 25, 2019, a Full and Complete Cooperation reduction may be granted in the event that an athlete demonstrates that they did not intend to enhance their performance and provided full, prompt, and truthful responses and information to all reasonable inquiries and requests for information.”
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