Sixth UPCAA Athlete Suspension Has Been Issued
The International Physique League (IPL), first (and only) United Physique Competitors Association (UPCA) member organization has issued its sixth athlete suspension after receiving World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) urinalysis results following their 2016 IPL West Coast Pro/Am, held on September 25th in Rancho Cordova, CA.
MEN’S BODYBUILDING OPEN 2nd place & MEN’S ATHLETIC OPEN 3rd place competitor Luis Montenegro, tested positive for two banned substances, Triamterene and Benzthiazide. These substances fall under the WADA Compound Class “Diuretics and Masking Agents” and are prohibited for use at all times. As a result, Luis 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-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.
According the United Physique Competitors Anti-doping Agency (UPCAA) policy, testing positive for the Triamterene and Benzthiazide combo, carries a minimum 3-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 3-year suspension for Luis Montenegro which goes into effect on 10.16.16 and ends on 10.16.19.