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The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Wednesday that Jackson “Huntley” Nash, of Marietta had received a lifetime ban after an investigation revealed evidence of multiple anti-doping rule violations.

USADA said it started the investigation into the US cyclist after receiving information from a whistleblower in December of 2021.

“This is yet another case that demonstrates the power of investigations in the shared fight to protect sport and athletes’ rights,” USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said in a statement. “As always, we will thoroughly investigate and act on evidence of doping violations, and greatly appreciate the assistance of those who come forward on behalf of clean sport.”

Nash has raced in the US through a number of years, competing in more than a dozen Pro/Cat 1 races through 2021, with his last major race in August of last year at the Spartanburg Criterium and his best result of the year a sixth at the Miami Prix Criterium Series Men Cat 1/2/3 division in April of 2021. 

USADA said that Nash’s lifetime ineligibility would began on June 30, 2022. The anti-doping agency added that disqualification would apply to any results on or after December 15, 2021, which was the date evidence was collected of his possession of prohibited substances.

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The agency said its investigation yielded evidence and testimony demonstrating that Nash had committed the anti-doping rule violations listed below:

  • Use or attempted use of Prohibited Substances, including testosterone, clenbuterol, oxandrolone, and anastrozole
  • Tampering or attempted tampering with any part of doping control by interfering with USADA’s investigation
  • Possession of Prohibited Substances, including testosterone, clenbuterol, oxandrolone, and anastrozole
  • Trafficking or attempted trafficking of Prohibited Substances clenbuterol and oxandrolone to another athlete
  • Administration or attempted administration of Prohibited Substances human growth hormone, clenbuterol, and oxandrolone to another athlete
  • Complicity or attempted complicity by encouraging another athlete to use prohibited substances
  • Retaliation by filing a meritless petition for a protective order against an individual based in part on the individual’s report to USADA of Nash’s anti-doping rule violations

There have also been reports of another USADA investigation in cycling in recent weeks.

Last month the NZ Herald reported that Olivia Ray – who raced professionally in the United States last year and won the New Zealand Championships road race in February – had said in an interview that she took performance enhancing substances. Cycling New Zealand confirmed to Cycling News that it had been advised by DFSNZ (Drug Free Sport New Zealand) that an investigation was being undertaken by USADA. At the time USADA declined to comment on whether there was an ongoing investigation or case. No further information on Ray had been released at the time of writing.

SOURCE: CyclingNews   (go to source)
AUTHOR: Cycling News
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