The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has extended the suspension of Seattle-area Masters cyclist Kenny Williams because he violated the provisions of his two-year period of ineligibility by competing in a local race in April of this year.
Williams was originally suspended from competition following a positive test at the Masters National Championships in August of 2009. According to USADA, Williams’ sample tested positive for “a prohibited anabolic agent.” Williams later accepted his suspension and admitted to having used Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
On April 15, 2010, the 43-year-old Williams competed in Seward Park racing series in Seattle. Williams participated in the event on the assumption that the Seward Park series was an unsanctioned “practice” race and was thus not subject to the ban. USA Cycling and USADA officials determined that the race was organized by a USA Cycling affiliated club and thus fell under the provisions of the doping suspension.
As a result of the violation, Williams accepted an extension of his ineligibility period equal to one half of the time served since his sanction commenced September 21, 2009. Williams’s ineligibility period, which was originally slated to expire September 20, 2011, was extended by 103 days until January 3, 2012. Williams’s results from the April 15, 2010 Seward Park racing series have also been disqualified.
Under the WADA Code, athletes who violate an ineligibility period are subject to having their sanctions restarted or a sanction extension equal to the full time served since their sanction began, however the extension period can be reduced under certain circumstances.
Williams’s extension period – equal to one half of the time he had already served since his sanction commenced – represents the minimum penalty allowed under the World Anti-Doping Code for such a violation.