June 2, 2015 – USADA announced today that Kyle Schmidt, of Ogema, Wis.,an athlete in the sport of cycling, has accepted a two-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation stemming from an investigation into the online trafficking of prohibited substances.
Schmidt, 40, admitted to the use, attempted use, and possession of synthetic erythropoietin (“EPO”) which he obtained through two separate websites between March, 2010 and January, 2013. EPO is substance in the class of peptide hormones and growth factors 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 World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
Schmidt’s period of ineligibility began on October 13, 2014, the date he accepted the sanction. In addition, Schmidt has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to March 1, 2010, the date he first admitted to making online purchases of prohibited substances, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
Schmidt’s anti-doping rule violation was uncovered during USADA’s investigation into the Anemia Patient Group website and is the second sanction to result from the investigation. The investigation is ongoing and may result in additional cases being brought against others. USADA has worked with law enforcement to cooperatively investigate cases and values their partnership in defending clean sport.
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.