Male Sochi medalist from US banned for 4yrs after testing positive for female fertility drug

Male Sochi medalist from US banned for 4yrs after testing positive for female fertility drug
US Olympic speed skater Chris Creveling has been banned for four years by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for clomiphene – a substance commonly used to treat female infertility.

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Creveling, a short-track speed skater who was part of the US 5,000-meter relay team that won silver at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, was handed the ban by USADA on Monday.

The sportsman tested positive for the drug in an out-of-competition test in October of last year, and accepted a provisional suspension on November 18. He has now been given a four-year ban, backdated to November.  

Clomiphene is used to treat female infertility, although it can be taken to boost male testosterone levels.

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The USADA website identifies clomiphene under the class of ‘Hormone and Metabolic Modulators,’ noting that it is banned under the World Anti-Doping Code and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

The ban means that Creveling, 30, will not be able to compete at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He will also have any competitive results since the date of the positive test annulled, and will forfeit any prize money gained since that date, the UASDA website reports.