First UPCAA Athlete Suspension Has Been Issued
The International Physique League (IPL), first (and only) United Physique Competitors Association (UPCA) member organization has issued its first athlete suspension after receiving World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) urinalysis results following their 2015 Midwest Championship contest held in Madison, WI on September 19th.
Men’s Bodybuilding Open & Masters (40+) and Pro Qualified winner, Darin Steen, tested positive for Ephedrine, a stimulant which is prohibited by WADA for use In-Competition and as a result has been placed on Athlete Suspension. WADA’s Prohibited In-Competition list includes substances that must not be present at all (or over a certain amount for some substances) in an athlete’s urine sample collected at a competition event. WADA’s other, more intensive, Prohibited At All Times list includes substances that may never be present in a urine sample, at any time. As a general rule, testing positive for a Substance Prohibited At All Times carries much greater penalties.
According the United Physique Competitors Anti-doping Agency (UPCAA) policy, testing positive for an In-Competition substance must carry a minimum 6 month suspension and up to a maximum of 2 years. In Addition, the athlete is immediately stripped of all titles (placings, Pro Qualified status etc.) and prize any money they may have won. The IPL has issued a one year suspension for Darin Steen which goes into effect on 10.24.15 and ends on 10.24.16.
Read International Physique League President & Founder, Ben Yosef’s, statement posted on the IPL official website.