THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS ISSUED ON 5.30.17 BY BEN YOSEF, IPL FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, IN RESPONSE TO NINTH ATHLETE TESTING POSITIVE FOR A BANNED SUBSTANCE:
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“This now marks the 9th positive drug-test result in the IPL’s twenty month history. This time following our 2017 3rd Annual IPL Midwest Championship, held on April 15th in Madison, WI.
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 OPEN 1st place winner Charlie Davidson tested positive for gw501516 sulfone and sulfoxide which are banned metabolic modulators. This falls under the WADA S4 substance list and is prohibited for use at all times. As a result, Charlie has been placed on Athlete Suspension.
Testing positive for this comes with a 3-year suspension from competing within the IPL and any other United Physique Competitors Association (UPCA) member organizations. In addition, Charlie’s placing and IPL PRO CARD have been revoked.
We will welcome Charlie back into the IPL as an Amateur competitor in 2020 if he chooses to return.”
The following statement was issues by Charlie Davidson, “I used the same supplements as I did in previous IPL events. I received no answer from WADA as to why I took the same supplements as last year, but now there is a change in the testing results. I have never used any steroids of any kind and now I am being suspended like I have because of use of a “FAT BURNER”! I am deeply disappointed because of how invested I was in the IPL. And, now I will be parting ways because of this incident.”