THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS ISSUED ON 6.1.16 BY BEN YOSEF, IPL FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, IN RESPONSE TO THIRD ATHLETE TESTING POSITIVE FOR BANNED SUBSTANCES
“I am once again saddened by a positive drug test result, this time following our 2016 IPL California Championship contest. The IPL utilizes the most stringent drug-testing protocol in Physique Competition. This not only includes using only World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) testing labs, which are the most thorough and test for the largest number of substances, but also using third-party, independent, Certified Urine Sample Collectors in order to insure razor-sharp chain-of-custody when it comes to handling the samples.
Women’s Bikini Open [Class B] and Pro Qualified winner, Thuy Tran, tested positive for two banned diuretics, Chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide, which are prohibited for use at all times. As a result, Thuy has been placed on Athlete Suspension.
Because of the ‘intent’ typically found with the use of these substances, testing positive for them comes with a 3-year suspension from competing within the IPL and any other United Physique Competitors Association (UPCA) member organizations. In addition, Thuy’s status as an IPL Pro has been revoked as well as her placings at the 2016 California Championship contest. We wish Thuy well and will welcome her back into the IPL as an Amateur competitor in 2019 if she chooses to return.”
Thuy Tran declined her opportunity to issue a statement: