USSA freestyle athlete tests positive for banned substance, receives suspension{mosimage}The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced Friday that Anthony Basile of Olympic City, California, an athlete in the sport of freestyle skiing, tested positive at the U.S. Freestyle Championships on March 26, 2004 in Heavenly Valley, California.

Basile tested positive for the use of tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THC), a prohibited substance under the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) rules. THC is a metabolite of marijuana, and listed under ‘specified substance’ under the rules of FIS, which adopted the World Anti-Doping Code. The use in this case was shown not to be for performance-enhancing reasons.

The FIS is the international federation for the sport of skiing and snowboarding.

Basile, 24, received a one-year suspension beginning March 26, 2004, the date of the test, in accordance with the FIS rules for a first offense. In addition, he is disqualified from his 16th-place at the U.S. Freestyle Championships.

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, will carry out the sanction.

This is the 20th announcement issued by USADA during 2004. USADA became the independent anti-doping agency for U.S. athletes for the Olympic movement in October 2000.

USADA is the independent anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States, and is responsible for managing the testing and adjudication process for U.S. Olympic, Pan Am and Paralympic athletes. USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

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