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:
I believe I noted every amendment, but will confirm after meeting. This is the updated list of fines/suspensions. pic.twitter.com/4M3psalaH5
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 15, 2015
“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.