UFC bantamweight Raquel Pennington has been suspended from competitiveness for 6 months by USADA next a doping violation.
In a assertion issued on Thursday, USADA explained that Pennington described to them that she had ingested a pair of banned substances, 7-keto-DHEA and AOD-9064, on November 17, 2020. Following this data, Pennington was tested by USADA and the effects came again optimistic for her use of the previous. Both of those substances are banned at all situations for athletes underneath the UFC’s anti-doping method.
“All through her self-report, Pennington delivered info that she was prescribed and supplied 7-keto-DHEA and AOD-9064 by a medical doctor to help treat a health care situation. Right after working with the substances for a small time period of time, she performed analysis and acquired that they were being prohibited substances and quickly arrived forward about her use to USADA. Pennington was qualified for a reduction to the period of time of ineligibility primarily based on her forthright declaration prior to sample assortment and for her comprehensive and full cooperation.” USADA wrote in a assertion.
“Pennington’s six-month time period of ineligibility started on November 17, 2020, the date she declared the use of prohibited substances and her good sample was collected.” they continued.
Prior to USADA’s announcement, Pennington also took to her own social media internet pages to launch a assertion.
“I went to my doctor about a professional medical situation I was dealing with and was prescribed several medications to address the problem. Sadly, I took the drugs for a quick time period of time before realizing I ought to have checked on their standing under the application. I shortly learned that these medicines might be prohibited, so I straight away stopped getting the medication and contacted the UFC to report this potential concerns. I want to make it quite obvious that there was nothing that compelled me to report this to UFC and eventually USADA. No one particular understood about this other than myself and my health practitioner and USADA experienced not gathered a sample from me due to the fact I commenced remedies. This was basically me knowing a possible oversight and wanting to do the ideal matter.” she claimed.
“As USADA’s forthcoming assertion will display, I thoroughly cooperated with them and supplied them with 100 per cent honesty. I was not striving to cheat, skirt the regulations or trying to obtain a efficiency benefit. I was simply seeking to handle a health care issue and created the mistake of not well timed examining the standing of these prescription drugs. I want to apologize to all of my lovers and publicly make the determination that I will be a great deal a lot more thorough in the future and not allow this materialize all over again. I hope that I can provide as a function design in displaying that we all make problems but it is what you do soon after knowing these mistakes that define your genuine character.” she ongoing.
Raquel Pennington was final in motion at a UFC Battle Evening party in June 2020 when she received a unanimous decision in excess of Marion Reneau. Prior the victory, “Rocky” was coming off a choice reduction to former UFC bantamweight champ, Holly Holm.