THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS ISSUED ON 10.4.16 BY BEN YOSEF, IPL FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, IN RESPONSE TO FIFTH ATHLETE TESTING POSITIVE FOR A BANNED SUBSTANCE
“It is truly heartbreaking having to announce these…but I will not stop. I do firmly believe that in the very near future the industry and athletes are going to realize that the International Physique League is no joke. The International Physique League is not your typical drug-tested federation. We are the gold standard when it comes to legitimately drug-tested competition.
I want to say thank you to the athletes who have put their faith in us and their trust in what we are trying to accomplish. I want to thank the legitimately drug-free athletes who deserve the accolades, and who deserve to be celebrated. You are the inspiration for us all. Let me assure you that you have my commitment 100% to offering you a level playing field within the IPL to compete. I will not stray from this initiative. This was the primary reason that the IPL was created.
That being said, I am once again saddened by a positive drug test result, this time following our 2016 IPL Southwest Grand Prix Pro/Am, held on September 4th in Tempe, AZ.
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.
MEN’S ATHLETIC MASTERS (40+) 1st place + MASTERS PRO CARD & MEN’S ATHLETIC OPEN 4th place James ‘Jake’ Livingstone, tested positive for the banned substance Drostanolone-m1, which is prohibited for use at all times. As a result, James has been placed on Athlete Suspension.
Because of the ‘intent’ typically found with the use of this anti-estrogen banned substance, testing positive for this comes with a 5-year suspension from competing within the IPL and any other United Physique Competitors Association (UPCA) member organizations. In addition, James’s placings at the 2016 IPL Southwest Grand Prix have been revoked.
We will welcome James back into the IPL as an Amateur competitor in 2021 if he chooses to return.”
In response to what has transpired, James Livingstone, issued the following statement:
“I’d like to take full responsibility for the failing of my test. I took some supplement recommended from a friend many months before even hearing about the IPL and didn’t think much about it. I went with the IPL because they are a PED-free league and I wanted to be part of that culture. Even though I won’t be allowed to compete for a long time, I hope to be allowed to come back and compete in a league that has shown itself to be a truly level playing field for everyone who wants to come and compete in a league with 100% integrity.”