THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS ISSUED ON 4.18.17 BY BEN YOSEF, IPL FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, IN RESPONSE TO EIGHTH ATHLETE TESTING POSITIVE FOR A BANNED SUBSTANCE:
“This now marks the 8th positive drug-test result in the IPL’s 19 month history. And, the 1st of the 2017 season. This time following our 2017 3rd Annual IPL Southern Championship, held on March 25th in Houston, TX.
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 OPEN 1st place + IPL PRO CARD winner James Mickles tested positive for Methylhexaneamine. This substance falls under the WADA S6 substance list and is prohibited for use during competition. As a result, James has been placed on Athlete Suspension.
Testing positive for this substance comes with a 1-year suspension from competing within the IPL and any other United Physique Competitors Association (UPCA) member organizations. In addition, James’ placing and PRO CARD at the 2017 3rd Annual IPL Southern Championship have been revoked.
We will welcome James back into the IPL as an Amateur competitor in 2018 if he chooses to return.”
The following statement was issues by James Mickles, “I am not blaming anybody but myself. I really hope that this situation can help both parties. The WADA website clearly states substances prohibited at all times and substances prohibited in contest. From my understanding, “in contest” means on the show date and the substance/ingredient that was found in my system is on the prohibited list for “in contest”. The substance/ingredient is found in tons of pre workout supplements, so to all future competitors DO YOUR RESEARCH.
Moving forward, as I stated, I hope that this would help both parties. Hopefully future competitors will read this and learn, and WADA will move the substance/ingredient to the “prohibited at all times” list because its misleading. No love lost coming from me. The IPL is still a classy organization, in my opinion. See y’all in a year.”