Cyclist, Dotti, receives sanction extension for violating period of ineligibility

PRESS RELEASE: USADA announced today that Juan Pablo Dotti, an athlete in the sport of cycling, has received an extension of his two-year period of ineligibility for competing while ineligible.

Dotti, 28, initially accepted a two-year period of ineligibility and loss of results in August 2011 after an in-competition sample collected at the Tulsa Tough on June 12, 2011 resulted in an adverse analytical finding for a prohibited anabolic agent and amphetamine. Nevertheless, in October of 2011, in violation of his two-year period of ineligibility, Dotti began competing in cycling races sanctioned by the Unión Ciclista de la República Argentina (UCRA), a national federation of the International Cycling Union (UCI). After receiving information about his potential violations, USADA conducted an investigation and determined that Dotti had violated the terms of his sanction. Under the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), athletes who violate the terms of their period of ineligibility are subject to having their period of ineligibility restarted. As a result of Dotti’s violations, his two-year sanction was restarted, beginning on March 10, 2013, the date of his last known competition. In addition, Dotti’s results from every competition he competed in since the start of his period of ineligibility have been disqualified.

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.

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