Second UPCAA Athlete Suspension Has Been Issued
The International Physique League (IPL), first (and only) United Physique Competitors Association (UPCA) member organization has issued its second athlete suspension after receiving World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) urinalysis results following their 2015 Southern Championship contest held in Pearland, TX on October 3rd.
Men’s Athletic Open & Masters (40+) and Pro Qualified winner, John Mitchell, tested positive for Furosemide, a substance classified by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) as an “S5” substance under “Diuretics and Masking Agents” and is prohibited for use at all times and as a result has been placed on Athlete Suspension. WADA’s 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 than WADA’s Prohibited In-Competition list. The In-Competiton 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.
According the United Physique Competitors Anti-doping Agency (UPCAA) policy, testing positive for Furosemide carries a minimum 5-year suspension. 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 this 5-year suspension for John Mitchell which goes into effect on 11.12.15 and ends on 11.12.20.