22 August 2017
USADA announced today that Zack Herbert, of South Ogden, Utah, an athlete in the sport of weightlifting, has accepted a two-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation related to his refusal to provide a sample.
Herbert, 20, refused to provide a sample as requested by a doping control officer during an out-of-competition test on June 20, 2017. Evading sample collection, or refusing or failing to submit to sample collection, without compelling justification, is a doping violation under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the International Weightlifting Federation Anti-Doping Rules, and the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
In this case, Herbert qualified for a sanction reduction from the default four-year period of ineligibility to a two-year period of ineligibility. Herbert has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to June 20, 2017, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
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