CrossFit Games athletes sanctioned for failing drug tests
With CrossFit catching the world by storm, the organisers have also been clamping down on abuse of performance enhancing drugs. On September 9th, The CrossFit Games site announced two Games athletes from 2016 and one from 2015 have been sanctioned for violating CrossFit’s drug-testing policy.
Scott Jones, finished third at the recent 2016 CrossFit Games in the Masters Men 45-49 Division. However, Jones tested positive for the anti-estrogen anastrozole and will be suspended from competing in any CrossFit-sanctioned event for two years as of Aug. 15, 2016. His results from the Games will be invalidated and fourth-placed Robert Davis will now be able to claim the third-place prize.
Penny Kemp, a member of team CrossFit Melbourne (33rd overall), tested positive for the anti-estrogen clomiphene. Kemp will be suspended from competing in CrossFit-sanctioned events for a period of one year as of Aug. 16, 2016. CrossFit Melbourne will have their results on the 2016 CrossFit Games Leaderboard invalidated.
CrossFit will also amend the final standings for the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games Masters Men 55-59 Division. Steve Marino, who finished second, has been disqualified from this competition and penalized with a two-year ban for providing a sample that indicated he used an anabolic agent. Mike Heikens will move from third to second place, and David Gantz will move from fourth to third.