First UPCAA Athlete Suspension Has Been Issued ‎

IPL_Square_LogoThe 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.