Flavia Oliveira was sentenced to a two-year suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Association. This was due to her intake of an amphetamine class stimulant during her competition at the Giro del Trentino last year.
Oliveira was with the SC Michela Fanini Team when she was found positive for oxilofrine.
Arbitrator Jeffrey A. Mishkin reviewed Oliveira’s case and came to a conclusion that the cause of her doping violation was due to Hyperdrive 3.0+. This was apparently Oliveira’s dietary supplement. A new rule came to pass that when an athlete unknowingly violated the anti-doping rules, he or she will only get a suspension less than two years. However, on Oliveira’s case, this was not so. She was found to be at fault and duly sentenced.
It was agreed by the parties involved in the case that the ingredient mythelsynephrine has the same chemical composition as that of oxilofrine. Mishkin pointed out that the Hyperdrive 3.0+ listed mythelsynephrine as one of its ingredient on the product label.
Mishkin further added, “While the issue is not free from doubt, the reasonable inferences to be drawn from the evidence make it more probable than not that Hyperdrive 3.0+ was the source of oxilofrine.”
Oliveira decided not to contest the charges by a B sample test and acknowledged the violation as her fault. Her suspension shall end on June 19, 2011.
Via Velo News