Crackdown on doping by the USADA in women’s weightlifting

USADA is cracking down on women weightlifting after more and more positive drugs tests for PEDs.

The USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) has been putting a silent crackdown into place on what looks to be excessive performance-enhancing drug and anabolic steroid use in the United States women’s weightlifting world. Today’s date, the United States anti-doping agency has placed no less than 6 women on suspension, which includes 2 teenagers who have been found violating the anti-doping rules during 2018. While many people assume that performance enhancing drugs and anabolic steroids are the reserve of the male weightlifting world, there is a prolific use of these substances among female bodybuilders looking at enhancing their careers.

So far, the following women have received punishment all of up to four years for their anti-doping rules violations. They include California and athlete Kaitlyn Jarrett, Indiana athlete Jessica Rivera, Georgia athlete Teresa Britt, North Carolina athlete Megan Palicka, Illinois athlete Abby Raymond, and Ohio athlete Alyssa Travis. The athletes had been training in different parts of the country, and the anti-doping rules violations involved different substances.

The only athlete who did not test positive for performance-enhancing drug use was Alyssa Travis. However, she refused to cooperate with a dco (doping control officer) by failing to give a sample during a test on the 3rd of December 2017 while out of competition. This resulted in traffic has been handed a suspension for 4 years, beginning on the 3rd of December 2017. Jessica Rivera tested positive for Winstrol and stanozolol on the 3rd of March 2018. Her sample was collected at the American open series 1 and landed her a suspension of four years, which began on the 28th of March 2018.

Kaitlyn Jarrett produced a positive test result for higenamine, which is a beta2 adrenergic agonist. Higenamine is commonly sourced from botanical avenues, such as Tinospora crispa, Nandina domestic and aconite. At just 18 years old, she is one of two teenagers who received a positive test result. Her sample was collected out of competition on the 14th of December 2017. Typically, a first-time penalty will consist of a 4-year suspension but she was luckily only given 1 year because of her age. Family members also verified that her supplements were free from any of the banned substances, with her suspension beginning on the 14th of December 2017.

14 year old Abby Raymond had a positive test result for Ostarine. Commonly known as MK-2866 coma it is a selective Androgen receptor modulator. The result was discovered after a sample is collected out of competition on the 15th of February 2018. She received a period of suspension for 3 months after it had been decided that she had not knowingly taken the substance as it was an undisclosed ingredient in one of the supplements that she used. 40 year old Teresa Britt had a positive test result for the same substance used by Rivera. Her sample was collected in competition while she competed in the American Masters weightlifting championships 2017. She received a suspension for 2 years which began on the 11th of November 2017.

30 year-old Megan palicka was found to have two banned Peds in her sample, which was rad140 and ostarine. Her sample was collected out of competition on the 10th of June 2017. Both rad140 and ostarine are selective Androgen receptor modulators used for performance-enhancing purposes. She was placed on a 3-year suspension which was reduced from 4 years due to the assistance that she offered to the USADA. Her suspension began on the 10th of June 2017.

Currently, the number of positive performance-enhancing drug test results from women is more than those seen among men.