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NSAC Votes For New PED Penalties; 3 Year Ban For Steroid Users

NSAC Votes For New PED Penalties; 3 Year Ban For Steroid Users

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has taken a bold new stance against performance enhancing agents.

In a meeting today, the NSAC voted for huge changes in their policies, including a three-year ban for any athlete who tests positive for an anabolic steroid — in their first offense.

Brett Okamoto of ESPN shared the specifics via his Twitter account:

“Each alleged violation is to be investigated on a case-by-case basis,” the document begins, “and the penalties imposed will be based upon the totality of the circumstances presented at the disciplinary hearing. These guidelines will be used as a starting point.”

Those guidelines include:

  • an 18 month ban (and a 30-40% deduction of purse) for sedatives, muscle relaxants, sleep aids, anxiolytics, opiates, and cannabis — for the first offense. Repeat offenders will be subject to lifetime bans.
  • A two year ban (and a 35-45% deduction of purse) for stimulants, including amphetamines and cocaine — again, for the first offense. Repeat offenders will be subject to lifetime bans.
  • A three year ban (and 50-70% deduction of purse) for anabolic steroids, also for first offenders. Repeat offenders will be subject to lifetime bans.

Also, a failed drug test will now result in a loss for the fighter — rather than a no-contest.

The overhaul is said to have passed the NSAC unanimously, with changes said to begin Sept 1. We will follow up as more information is available.

 

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