US Olympic boxer Virginia Fuchs escapes ban after claiming failed drugs test caused by sex

U.S. Olympic team boxer Virginia Fuchs will face no punishment for failing a doping test after the U.S. Anti-Doping Association determined the violation had been caused by two substances transmitted by her boyfriend through sex.

She had recorded positive tests for the banned etrozole metabolite and GW1516 metabolites in an out-of competition urine sample on February 13, USADA said in a statement

USADA announced its ruling Thursday, clearing the 32-year-old Fuchs, who will attempt to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics next year as a flyweight.

Fuchs served as a recent captain of the US Olympic team, which returned to Colorado Springs this week for its first training camp since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

While investigating the tests, USADA learned Fuchs’ partner had been taking products that included the two banned substances, and the levels of Fuchs’ violations were consistent with recent exposure through sexual transmission.


The anti-doping body said Fuchs’s partner had been using therapeutic doses of the two substances and that Fuchs bore no fault or negligence for the adverse finding and would therefore not be banned.


‘We strongly believe this case and others like it, including meat contamination and prescription medication contamination cases should be considered no violation,’ USADA chief Travis Tygart said.


Fuchs missed out on qualifying for the Rio Olympics in 2016 but is now setting her sights on next year’s delayed Tokyo Games.


‘I’m relieved that once USADA completed an extensive investigation, they found that my case was unique and therefore gave me a No Fault ruling, allowing me to return to competition. This has been a huge lesson for me and now that is over, I’m fully focused on preparing for Tokyo,’ she wrote on Twitter.



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