CrossFit announced the first three sanctions stemming from failed drug tests this year. All three were from in-competition testing at the regional competitions. Two of the athletes were individual competitors while one was on a team.
The top ranked athlete was Gena Malkovsky from the Europe Regional. Hailing from Russia, Malkovsky finished 8th before testing positive for PEDs.
The three athletes who have been sanctioned (below) have all received a 4-year ban from CrossFit-sponsored competitions. The ban will run through June 21, 2022.
- Gena Malkovsky – Europe (Clomiphene, meldonium, and a metabolite of drostanolone)
- Megan Benzik – South (Epimentendiol, metabolites of methandienone and oxandrolone, epioxandrolone, methanol, a letrozole metabolie, and amphetamine)
- Carlos Castillo – Latin America team (LGD4033)
In CrossFit’s official statement, there are more athletes who have tested positive for PEDs, but their cases are still under appeal. We already know of a Games-qualified team, East Woodbridge, that will be disqualified.
Europe Regional competitor, Will Kane, has speculated that another athlete from the Europe Regional is appealing their testing.
Following CrossFit’s announcement, Benzik took to Instagram to talk about her sanction.
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On May 17th, 2018 I was one of the athletes selected to be randomly drug tested before competing at the South Regional. CrossFit contacted me yesterday telling me what I tested positive for. . . . Of all the metabolites found, I consciously made the decision to take 2 of them…vyvanse, which was prescribed to me by a doctor, and anavar, which was not prescribed. The other metabolites found must have come from the anavar being contaminated, which is the risk I took with buying something like anavar. I take full responsibility for my decision to be on both of these drugs. Even though I was prescribed vyvanse, I knew it was not something I should have been taking while competing and I made the not so smart choice to do it anyways. . . . I have done a lot of reflecting and I have come to realize that the “Why” behind all of this really doesn’t matter. It will honestly just lead to pointless justifications. Bottom line is that I knew I shouldn’t have been doing it and I chose to do it anyways. I fully accept any consequences that come my way. . . . I would like it to be known that NO ONE knew I was taking any of these drugs. With that being said, I apologize if I let anyone down who went out of their way to support me. . . . “The beauty of truth; whether it’s good or bad, it is liberating.”- Paul Coelho Thank you CrossFit.
There is not a timetable on when CrossFit will announce any further sanctions, but given that this week’s announcement was for athletes not qualifying for the 2018 CrossFit Games that the next sanction(s) will impact Games-bound athletes.