Tuesday, November 26, 2019

USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) was brought in my the UFC in order to stop the rampant use of PEDs at the highest levels of the sport. It worked. But it also failed unacceptably - particularly as the science of testing advanced, far too many fighters were sanctioned for trace elements of a drug, source unknown. Further, the expensive appeals process was financially out of reach for most fighters. When Josh Barnett finally had the resources and courage to appeal, he won.

There was a widespread feeling that USADA had failed the "reasonable" test. Now the organization has announced some changes.

Thresholds

For eight substances, USADA has set up a threshold, and if the athlete falls under that level, there will be further monitoring and testing, but no sanction:
• Clomiphene: 0.1 ng/mL1
• Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT) long-term metabolite (M3): 0.1 ng/mL
• Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) and metabolites, Torsemide: 20 ng/mL (Out-of-Competition only)
• Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs): 0.1 ng/mL2
• GW-1516 (GW-501516) metabolites: 0.1 ng/mL
• Epitrenbolone (Trenbolone metabolite): 0.2 ng/mL
• Zeranol: 1 ng/mL
• Zilpaterol: 1 ng/mL

Certified Supplements

USADA's previously announced NSF Certified for Sport program will be extended globally via partners:
Any supplement certified by (i)(a) NSF Certified For Sport, (b) Kolner Liste, (c) Informed Sport, Trusted by Sport, (d) HASTA (Human and Supplement Testing Australia) or (e) Banned Substance Control Group (BSCG) or (ii) any other supplement certification organization that has been endorsed and/or approved by a NADO (National Anti-Doping Organization) and mutually agreed to by UFC and USADA and announced to the Athletes.

IV Usage

“Under the UFC Prohibited List, IV infusions/injections over 100ml are still prohibited in-competition and out-of-competition unless they are determined to be medically justified and within the standard of care by a licensed physician and administered by a licensed medical professional. The change to the rule is designed to provide athletes access to the medically-required care they need, while ensuring they are unable to manipulate the rule to gain an unfair advantage.”

h/t MMA Fighting

A huge question hanging over the change is what happens to innocent fighters who were suspended for a doping "violation" that would now result in nothing. Tom Lawlor got a two-year suspended for 17 picograms (a picogram is one-trillionth of a gram) of ostarine. A trillionth of the distance to the moon is 12 feet.

What will the UFC and USADA do for Tom Lawlor and others similarly abused? An apology? Nothing?