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British athlete banned by USADA for nine months

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) today confirmed that the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has imposed a nine-month ban from all sport on British UFC athlete, Jim Wallhead, following a UFC Anti-Doping Policy Violation.

Mr Wallhead tested positive for ostarine and its metabolite following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on 7 October 2017. Ostarine is a Non-Specified substance that is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (‘WADA’) Prohibited List.

Following notification of his positive test, Mr Wallhead provided USADA with information about a dietary supplement product he was using at the time of sample collection. Although no prohibited substances were listed on the product’s label, testing conducted on an independently sourced, unopened container of the product by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, indicated that it contained ostarine. USADA determined that the presence of this undisclosed prohibited substance in the supplement meant it was a Contaminated Product, as that term is defined in the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

Mr Wallhead’s period of ineligibility began on 7 October 2017 and will end at midnight on 6 July 2018.

USADA carried out the test as the official, independent anti-doping agency for the UFC.