USAR Posting April 29 2019

April 29, 2019, 8:43 a.m. (ET)
USA Racquetball, as a National Governing Body under the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), arranges for administering of athlete drug testing at national competitions.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has notified USA Racquetball that on February 9, 2019, a drug test administered at the USAR National Doubles Championships identified a substance that appears on the Prohibited Substances list under Specified Substances.

Janel Tisinger-Ledkins received notice that her test identified the substance octopamine sulfate, a metabolite of octopamine. While this substance (in this case, an ingredient in a supplement) is not prohibited Out of Competition, it is prohibited In Competition.

USADA notified Ms. Tisinger-Ledkins this month that, upon her notification of acceptance, the organization is applying sanctions to include a 16-month period of competition ineligibility as well as disqualification of competitive results obtained on and subsequent to February 9, 2019.

Ms. Tisinger-Ledkins has notified USADA this week that she will not contest the applied sanctions. She requested this opportunity to comment:

"I have been drug tested numerous times, and none have ever before brought these results. I am not guilty of intentional doping. However, I am heartsick about the consequences of my failing to fully research ingredients of a particular supplement I have been taking."

"There are several very significant things I wish to accomplish with these comments. First and foremost, I offer my profound and sincere apologies to my doubles partner, Aimee Ruiz, who had nothing to do with this situation but is still subject along with me to loss of our National Doubles title. She deserves none of this."

"Next, I apologize to racquetball players and fans everywhere. Please do not let my mistake in any way put a damper on your love of our sport and the great people in it."

"Lastly, if there is any upside at all, it is to carry the message to my fellow athletes that it is critical to be vigilant and aware at all times regarding anything you put into your bodies. Use the USADA and WADA websites to educate yourselves. My hope is that my experience will prevent others from having to deal with this challenge in their own lives."

USA Racquetball respects the way Ms. Tisinger-Ledkins has dealt with these circumstances. We echo her advice to her fellow athletes and urge regular review of information, education, and updates at www.usada.org and www.wada-ama.org.

We look forward to Ms. Tisinger-Ledkins' return to competition next year.