THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS ISSUED ON 5.31.17 BY BEN YOSEF, IPL FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, IN RESPONSE TO TENTH ATHLETE TESTING POSITIVE FOR A BANNED SUBSTANCE:
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“This now marks the 10th 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.
WOMEN’S ATHLETIC OPEN 1st place + IPL PRO CARD winner & BIKINI OPEN 1st place + IPL PRO CARD winner Kait Mac tested positive for Oxilofrine. This falls under the WADA S6 Stimulant list and is prohibited for use during competition. As a result, Kait has been placed on Athlete Suspension.
Testing positive for this comes with a 1-year suspension from competing within the IPL and any other United Physique Competitors Association (UPCA) member organizations. In addition, Kait’s placings and IPL PRO CARDS have been revoked.
We will welcome Kait back into the IPL as an Amateur competitor in 2018 if she chooses to return.”
The following statement was issued by Kait Mac: “I was devastated to hear that I tested positive for a banned substance, as I was the first to tell everyone that I was going through this process the natural way and I truly believed I was. With this being my first time competing, I was seeking advice from my trainer and other competitors on how to go about it. To be honest I’m still not sure what supplement(s) contain Oxilofrine, and this is the most upsetting part of all because my body was exposed to something very dangerous and I was completely unaware of it.
This competition was about transforming my life. I never had any intentions of placing or winning. It was about training for something for the first time in my life and challenging myself. I’m sad that this experience now has a negative ending because it was such a positive part of my life.
It is so important to understand what you put in your body. And, if you’re not sure, then it’s not worth the risk. If you truly want to be a natural athlete, then you must do your research. This can be such a confusing sport with so many people telling you the best way to go about it. Invest the time to really learn as much as you can. I only wish I knew about NSF prior to my training.
Thank you to the IPL for this opportunity and for another life lesson learned. I sincerely apologize to the other competitors in the divisions who deserve the recognition more than I do. It was my pleasure to stand next to you on stage.”