Emily Abbott was banned by CrossFit for testing positive for ibutamoren, an anabolic agent, and has received a 4-year sanction, ending on June 2022.
After the news was released yesterday, she issued the following statement.
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 16, 2018
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The CrossFit Games issued its decision suspending CrossFit athlete Emily Abbott from competition from June 22, 2018 until June 21, 2022.
Despite her detailed explanation and supporting evidence of how ibutamoren came to be in her sample, the CrossFit Games entirely disregarded Ms. Abbott’s explanation and imposed the maximum possible sanction, without even granting her a hearing.
In responding to the CrossFit Games’ decision, Ms. Abbott stated as follows:
“I am beyond disappointed and frustrated that the organization I have dedicated so much of my life to has basically ignored my explanation for my inadvertent exposure to ibutamoren. I have proudly represented the sport as an advocate of clean eating and a healthy lifestyle, and would never knowingly take any banned substance. I strongly disagree with this unfair decision, and will be exploring all of my options.”
DRUG TESTING AT THE CROSSFIT GAMES
“The CrossFit Games are the world’s premier and definitive test of fitness. To protect the integrity of the competition and its athletes, CrossFit works hard to ensure a level playing field, in part by creating and enforcing the guidelines outlined in the Rulebook, and in part by strongly enforcing an anti-doping policy—an absolute necessity in order to crown the Fittest on Earth.
Each year, CrossFit Inc. expands its efforts and methods of testing. The following Regional athletes have been found in breach of CrossFit’s Drug Testing Policy.
Athletes who commit a violation of the Drug Testing Policy will have the right to state their case prior to any sanctions being imposed. Within 72 hours of being notified of their violation, an athlete must provide written notice of their intent to submit a written petition of appeal concerning the violation. A request by the athlete for any pertinent documents (if necessary or desired) must be made within this initial written notice and not at a later date. Thereafter, from the time of receipt of any materials provided by CrossFit, the athlete has 10 business days to submit the written petition of appeal explaining why they are not in violation of the Drug Testing Policy. Following a review of the athlete’s petition of appeal, CrossFit will respond in a timely manner to provide a written response of its decision, including supporting reasons, either to deny or grant the appeal. If, after this investigation, the athlete is found to be in violation of the Drug Testing Policy, CrossFit will proceed with applying any appropriate sanctions.
CrossFit recognizes that some banned substances are used for legitimate medical purposes. In rare cases, CrossFit permits a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) to be granted for those athletes with a documented medical history demonstrating the need for the regular use of such a drug. CrossFit adheres to the standards set by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) and will only grant a TUE in strict accordance with all of the criteria details in the Drug Policy. The use of a prohibited substance to increase “low-normal” levels of any endogenous hormone and the use of anabolic substance are not considered an acceptable therapeutic intervention.
CrossFit partners with Drug Free Sport, which conducts drug analysis for the NFL, NBA, MLB and NCAA, along with 300 other sports and athletic organizations, to administer its testing program. A laboratory approved by WADA processes blood and urine samples collected from CrossFit Games athletes.
- Emily-Abbott-Drug-Ban: CrossFit Inc