Second 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 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.

Read International Physique League President & Founder, Ben Yosef’s, statement posted on the IPL official website.