THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS ISSUED ON 11.15.16 BY BEN YOSEF, IPL FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, IN RESPONSE TO SEVENTH ATHLETE TESTING POSITIVE FOR A BANNED SUBSTANCE
“There has been a 7th positive drug-test result, this time following our 2016 2ND Annual IPL North Atlantic Pro/Am, held on October 15th in Ridgefield, CT.
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 BODYBUILDING MASTERS 1st place + PRO CARD winner and MEN’S BODYBUILDING OPEN 2nd place competitor Fred Borzumato tested positive for Carboxy THC. This substance falls under the WADA Compound Class ‘Cannabinoids’ and is prohibited for use during competition. As a result, Fred has been placed on Athlete Suspension.
Because of limited severity of this banned substance, testing positive for it comes with a 6-month suspension from competing within the IPL and any other United Physique Competitors Association (UPCA) member organizations. In addition, Fred’s placings at the 2016 2ND Annual IPL North Atlantic Pro/Am have been revoked.
We will welcome Fred back into the IPL as an Amateur competitor in 2017 if he chooses to return.”
Fred Borzumato declined his opportunity to issue a statement.