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Paralympian banned

Monica Bascio

American paralympic cyclist Monica Bascio has been banned for three months after testing positive for a prohibited substance, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said today.

According to USADA, Bascio accepted a sanction for her anti-doping rule violation and has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and since May 25, the day before she failed a doping test.

The 42-year-old tested positive for tuaminoheptane during a paracycling road World Cup event in Italy, testing positive after taking an over-the-counter medication which contained the prohibited substance.

USADA said tuaminoheptane is classified as a “Specified Substance” and a reduced sanction can be applied when the athlete can “establish the source of the substance and prove there was no intent to enhance sport performance or mask the use of a performance-enhancing substance.”

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