USADA announced today that Yaozong Hu, of Beijing, China, has accepted a 10-month sanction for a violation of the UFC® Anti-Doping Policy after testing positive for a prohibited substance.
Hu, 24, tested positive for androsta-3,5-diene-7,17-dione (arimistane) and its metabolite 7β-hydroxy-androst-3,5-diene-17-one as the result of a urine sample provided out-of-competition on March 9, 2019. Androsta-3,5-diene-7,17-dione is a Specified Substance in the class of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.
Following an investigation into the circumstances of Hu’s case, USADA concluded that Hu’s positive test was caused by his use of a dietary supplement and that he was eligible for a minor reduction to the otherwise applicable one-year period of ineligibility for a doping offense involving a Specified Substance. The minor reduction is based on Hu’s cooperation throughout the results management process and efforts made to investigate the safety of the supplement prior to use, even though he subsequently realized that the product listed a prohibited substance on the label.
Hu’s 10-month period of ineligibility began on March 9, 2019, the date his positive sample was collected.
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