Powerlifter receives sanction

20 June 2019

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of Powerlifting Australia (PA) to impose a four-year ban on athlete David Johnston for the presence and use of prohibited substances.

Mr Johnston returned an Adverse Analytical Finding from an in-competition doping control test on 3 February 2018.

His sample was analysed at the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory, part of the National Measurement Institute, which detected the presence of Prohibited Substances Ostarine and its metabolite O-Dephenyl Ostarine.

It was determined that on or before 3 February 2018, Mr Johnston used a Prohibited Substance Ostarine.

Ostarine is prohibited at all times under the S1 Anabolic Agent category of the WADA Prohibited List.

Ostarine is a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM) that is not approved for human use or consumption in Australia. SARMs pose serious health concerns, including increased risk of heart attack, stroke and life-threatening liver toxicity.

Mr Johnston is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 2 May 2022.

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