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Russian Figure Skater Kamila Valieva Banned for Four Years
1/30/2024 -

Kamila Valieva, who was 15 at the time, tested positive for three banned drugs ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, but the results were not known until after the Russian team had won. As a a result officials concluded medals would not be awarded for a completed event for the first time in Olympic history.

NBA Suspends Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson for Positive PED Test
1/25/2024 -

The NBA suspended Tristan Thompson, center forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, after he tested positive for ibutamoren, which stimulates HGH, and SARM-LGD-4033, which acts as testosterone. Thompson is suspended for 25 games. A second offense would result in a 55-game suspension and a third would result in dismissal from the NBA.

Trainer Sentenced to 4 Years for Horse Doping
7/31/2023 -

Trainer Jason Servis was sentenced to four years in federal prison on July 26, 2023 after pleading guilty to participation in a horse-doping scheme. He is also sentenced to pay $163,932 in restitution and a $30,000 fine. Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil said he had “put the lives of the horses and the jockeys who rode them at risk…. You did endanger the horses in your care. Luckily, they didn’t break down. You tried to gain an unfair advantage. I hope you accept that, but I don’t think that you do. At the end of the day, unquestionably, you undermined the integrity of horse racing.”

Former Tennis #1 Simona Halep Suspended for Doping
10/25/2022 -

Simona Halep, a two-time Grand Slam champion currently ranked #9, was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Integrity Agency on Oct. 21, 2022 following a positive test for roxadustat during the US Open. She faces up to a four-year ban from tennis.

Teen Russian Tennis Player Banned for Nine Months for Doping Violation
9/26/2022 -

An unnamed minor Russian tennis player was banned for nine months (retroactively dating from Mar. 5, 2022 through Dec. 4, 2022). The teen may not compete or attend games organized by tennis’ governing bodies. The player tested positive for meldonium, the same drug for which fellow Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova was banned for two years in 2016.

Updated: Olympics Doping Cases
12/15/2021 -

As of the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan, there have been 442 positive doping tests, resulting in the loss of 173 medals (57 gold, 66 silver, and 50 bronze) over 28 Games in 52 years. Explore positive doping results by Games, country, sport, and drug(s) or drug offense.

WADA to Review Status of Marijuana as Prohibited Drug
9/15/2021 -

The World Anti-Doping Agency stated: “[F]ollowing receipt of requests from a number of stakeholders, the ExCo [Executive Committee] endorsed the decision of the List Expert Advisory Group to initiate in 2022 a scientific review of the status of cannabis. Cannabis is currently prohibited in competition and will continue to be in 2022.”

American Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson Tests Positive for Marijuana
7/2/2021 -

American Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson won the women’s 100-meter race at the US track and field trials in June 2021.

American Runner Shelby Houlihan Banned for Four Years for Positive Anabolic Steroids Test
6/15/2021 -

The runner tested positive for nandrolone in Dec. 2020. She claims the result is a false positive due to her consumption of a pork burrito containing offal.

Performance-Enhancing Drugs & Sports Site Update
5/12/2021 -

Explore the debate with updated arguments, quotes, and resources.

Doping Cases at the Olympics
4/7/2021 -

Over 50 years of drug testing (27 Games) at the Olympics there have been 433 positive doping tests, resulting in the loss of 169 medals (57 gold, 62 silver, and 50 bronze). Explore positive doping tests by Games, country, sport, and drug(s) or drug offenses.

Russia’s Doping Ban Cut in Half
12/21/2020 -

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland halved Russia’s doping ban from four to two years.

Trump Signs Anti-Doping Act
12/7/2020 -

On Dec. 4, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act. The act will allow the federal government to impose criminal sanctions on people involved in doping at major international sporting events with American athletes, sponsors, and broadcasters.

Drug Use Reported as Doping Tests Dramatically Limited by COVID-19
10/26/2020 -

As the coronavirus reduced doping tests by almost 98%, athletes reported drug use on an anonymous survey: almost 10% using PEDs and 4% using marijuana.