December 4, 2015 – USADA announced today that Todd Hickman, of Byhalia, Miss., an athlete in the sport of cycling, has tested positive for prohibited substances and accepted a four-year suspension for his doping offense.
Hickman, 49, tested positive for stanozolol and methylphenidate as the result of an in-competition urine sample collected on September 6, 2015 at the Age-Graded Road Championships in Saint Francisville, La. Stanozolol is a substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and methylphenidate is a substance in the class of Stimulants on the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) Prohibited List. Both substances are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union (“UCI”) Anti‐Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA Prohibited List.
Hickman’s four-year period of ineligibility began on September 6, 2015, the date his sample was collected. As a result of the violation, Hickman has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to September 6, 2015, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.
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