7 CrossFit Athletes Banned From Competition for Drug Policy Breach

Seven more athletes have been banned for breaching CrossFit's drug policy.

We’re hours away from the announcement of CrossFit Open Workout 20.1, and CrossFit HQ just published a press release that lists seven athletes who have received bans for being in breach of their drug policy. 

Earlier today, we reported on a 4-year ban that 2019 CrossFit Games athlete Katie Trombetta had received for violating CrossFit’s drug policy, and she is among one of the seven athletes that have been provided in CrossFit HQ’s latest press release linked above. In the press release, CrossFit HQ notes that all of the tests were administered between the dates of July 29th and August 19th.

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I’ve typed up this post quite a few times over the past month, and every time I abandon it because I can’t get my words right. I’d like to be completely transparent and honest about what has been one of the hardest periods of my life thus far. • At the end of August I got notification that I failed my drug test at the CrossFit Games. They found metabolites of GW1516 and Ostarine in my sample. The email was sent to my old email that I rarely check, and I missed the 72 hour deadline to dispute CrossFit’s findings. When I finally saw the email in September, I asked for an extension, and it was denied. I got one phone call to notify me of the results, and was coaching when it came through, didn’t recognize the number, so didn’t think anything of it. • I did not knowingly take these compounds they found in my system. GW1516 and Ostarine are two of the most common substances found in contaminated supplements. If you don’t know anything about the supplement industry, it’s very loosely regulated, and 1/3 to 1/2 of all supplements have something in them that isn’t listed on the label. I admit I was not as careful as I could have been leading up to the Games. I used other people’s pre-workouts, protein, creatine, and I take over the counter melatonin, calcium, and vitamin C. Anything I was taking could have had these compounds present. It’s upwards of $1000 per sample to test for unknown substances, and that is impossible financially for me. • I understand I’m responsible for what I put in my body, but I also have been unable to convince CrossFit to allow me to see my lab results to get an idea of the amounts in my system at the time. Since I missed the deadline, my B sample was refused as well. It’s very likely I will never know the cause of the positive test. • I have a 4 year ban from CrossFit. I won’t be competing after the 4 years. I’ll be 32. I’m too impatient and too angry with the sport that’s harshly punishing me for a mistake to wait that out. I am still allowed to compete in Sanctionals (if the individual sanctionals approve), or any competition not ran by CrossFit, but I can’t do the Open or compete to go to the Games. -continued in comments…

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It appears that five of the seven athletes received their drug tests during the 2019 CrossFit Games, while two athletes from Argentenia who finished in the top 20 in the Open for their country received tests in mid-August. 

In addition and as noted in the press release, all of the athletes have concluded their appeals process and only one athlete has received a two-year ban due to a contaminated supplement, while the other six athletes have received four year bans from competition.

Check out the full list of athletes below, along with what they tested positive for which was provided in CrossFit HQ’s press release. 

  • Katie Trombetta, 44th-ranked individual at the 2019 Games – Tested positive for metabolites of GW1516 and ostarine. 
  • Franky Wood, 87th-ranked individual at the 2019 Games – Tested positive for 3-hydroxy-4-methoxytamoxifen, a metabolite of tamoxifen.
  • Achilleas Pantazis, 126th-ranked individual at the 2019 Games – Tested positive for GW1516 sulfoxide and GW1516 sulfone, metabolites of GW1516. 
  • Anna Fragkou, 9th-ranked individual at the 2019 Games – Tested positive for a metabolite of oral turinabol (4-chloro-18-nor-17β-hydroxymethyl,17α-methyl-5α-androst-13-en-3α-ol). 

  • Hylie Thompson, 4th-ranked Masters 55-59 at the 2019 Games – Tested positive for GW1516 sulfoxide and GW1516 sulfone, metabolites of GW1516.
  • Mauro Acevedo, 3rd-ranked individual in Argentina after the 2019 Open – Tested positive for oral turinabol and its metabolite 6β-OH-Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone. 
  • Juan Sforzini, 16th-ranked individual in Argentina after the 2019 Open – Tested positive for stanozolol metabolites (4β-hydroxystanozolol and 16β-hydroxystanozolol).

Feature image from @anna.fragkou Instagram page.