Usa boxing athlete accepts sanction

According to an announcement by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA), Michael Hunter of Las Vegas, Nev., an athlete in the sport of boxing, has tested positive for a prohibited substance. The anti-doping agency also remarked that Hunter has accepted a suspension for his doping offense.

The 23-year-old Hunter tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol acid, a marijuana metabolite in the class of Cannabinoids, in a sample collected on August 5, 2011 at the U.S. Team Trials in Mobile, Alabama.

Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Anti-Doping Rules, cannabinoids are prohibited. Both the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the AIBA have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA Prohibited List. Cannabinoids are listed as Specified Substances and their presence in the sample of an athlete can result in a reduced sanction.

A three-month period of ineligibility was accepted by the boxer and it started on September 21, 2011, the day he accepted a provisional sanction. The period of ineligibility was suspended and reduced to time served, upon his successful completion of a USADA anti-doping educational program that he completed on October 7, 2011. The boxer has been disqualified from his competitive results achieved on August 5, 2011, the day he provided his sample, through and including the date the doping education program was completed, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes as a result of the doping violation.

Born on July 10, 1988, Michael Hunter is an American heavyweight boxer who won the National Super Heavyweight championships in 2007 and 2009. Son of Mike “the Bounty” Hunter and coached by KC Ken Croom, he made it to the finals of the National Golden Gloves with only five bouts in 2006 at the age of 18. In 2007, he beat Lenroy Thompson and narrowly outpointed two-time winner Mike Wilson to win the US championships. Hunter dropped down to 201 lbs and won the Golden Gloves title in 2011 and managed to qualify for the London Olympics by winning his qualifier against Julio Castillo and Yamil Peralta. He has worked in the Tyrolean Mountains of Austria with the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir, the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation champion, and Vitali, who holds the World Boxing Council title and had to take a less direct route to qualifying for the London Games by this year winning the USA Boxing national championships and then a second tournament in Brazil.

The 201lb sensation from Sin City was on his way to compete against the best in the World in Baku, Azerbaijan for the AIBA Men’s World Championships before a failed drug test prompted him to “voluntarily withdrawal” from the US Olympic Team (aka United States representative for World Championship to Qualify for the Olympics). In August 2011, Michael Hunter stormed through the competition to win the Olympic trials but then was stripped of his victories after testing positive for the drug.  He got back in training and this year qualified for London at the last tournament, in Brazil after a three-month ban and wants to win a gold medal and become the heavyweight champion of the world.

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