Picture: GFNY 2015 Champion, Oscar Tovar (Colombia) 1st place, 2nd Raul Alexander Montan (Colombia), 3rd Timo Krieger (Germany)
USADA announced 4. Oct. that Oscar Tovar, of Chia, Colombia, an athlete in the sport of cycling, has had his results disqualified for competing while ineligible.
Oscar Tovar (COL), 33 years, initially accepted a two-year period of ineligibility and loss of results in October of 2015 after a sample he provided during an in-competition test at the 2015 Gran Fondo New York tested positive for a prohibited anabolic agent, testosteron. Despite signing an Acceptance of Sanction form, Tovar went on to compete in the 2016 Clásica Nacional Alcaldía de Anapoima (the Clásica), a competition sanctioned by the Federación Colombiana de Ciclismo (FCC), thereby violating the terms of his sanction.
Upon investigating the circumstances of the violation, USADA concluded that Tovar was operating under the mistaken belief that he was eligible to obtain the cycling license that permitted him to compete in the event. Tovar explained that he contacted the Asociacion Colombiana de Ciclismo Senior Master, instead of USADA, to help him determine his eligibility status because he thought that was the appropriate course of action based on his understanding of the terms of his sanction.
During the course of its investigation, USADA determined that Tovar was able to obtain a cycling license from the FCC because neither the FCC nor the Colombian National Anti‐Doping Organization had a record of a positive test or disciplinary action involving Tovar that would adversely affect his eligibility for the cycling license. As a result, Tovar was improperly permitted to participate in the Clásica. After fully considering the circumstances that resulted in his participation in the Clásica, USADA concluded that Tovar’s level of fault in this matter was low and that an additional period of ineligibility was not warranted. Nonetheless, per the World Anti-Doping Code, Tovar’s results from the Clásica have been disqualified.