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U.S. handball athlete, Lamour, receives sanction for anti-doping rule violation


Press Release

22 December 2016

USADA announced today that Joseph Lamour, of Atlanta, Ga., an athlete in the sport of handball, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and received a two-year suspension for his violation.

Lamour, 33, tested positive for amphetamine as the result of an in-competition urine sample he provided on May 15, 2016, at the 2016 National Championships in York, Pa. Amphetamine is a non-specified substance in the class of Stimulants and is prohibited in-competition under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the International Handball Federation Anti-Doping Policy, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Lamour’s period of ineligibility began on May 15, 2016, the date his positive sample was collected. In addition, Lamour has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to May 15, 2016, 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, USADA manages a drug reference hotline, Global 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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