Blue... you better get your boy straight!
Freestyle wrestler Mike Zadick (Solon, Iowa/Gator WC) has issued a statement concerning the announcement today from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency:
"I have had an injury and was given the drug Kenalog from my physician to help the healing process."
"The proper procedure is to fill out a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption). I was legally able to take the drug, but it had to be documented properly by filling out the TUE first. I have been educated about the proper requirements now and have learned from the situation."
"I support USADA 100 percent and I know their work is to keep all athletes on an even playing field. They want to make sure everyone is a pure, hard-working athlete. That is exactly how I pride myself."
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that Mike Zadick of Solon, Iowa, an athlete in the sport of wrestling, tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a public warning for his first doping offense. The doping offense involved the use of a prescribed medication under the care of a physician, but without first seeking a therapeutic use exemption as required by the applicable rules.
As a result of the doping violation, Zadick, 29, has been disqualified from his competitive results obtained during the period from March 2, 2008 until April 8, 2008.
Zadick tested positive for triamcinolone acetonide on March 2, 2008, at the Pan American Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. Triamcinolone acetonide is a prohibited substance in the class of glucocorticosteroids under the rules of the F?d?ration Internationiale des Luttes Associ?es (FILA) and USADA, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.
USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.