Jeff Novitzky has already spent a big portion of the week leading upto UFC 232 explaining what happened to former light heavyweight winner Jon Jones and he’therefore still being let to fight Saturday night.
The president of athlete health insurance and operation explained that Jones had tested positive for oral turinabol — the same anabolic steroid that got him a 15-month suspension after an earlier failed test in 2017 — but experts, including scientists at USADA, cleared him of any wrongdoing after exploring the issue.
As stated by Novitzky as well as a statement from USADA said that Jones failed test from December 2018 was a residual effect from the former ingestion of oral turinabol, perhaps maybe not just a brand fresh case where he’therefore used the medication.
Demonstrably the entire situation has increased lots of questions not forgetting Jones has always maintained his innocence whilst stating candidly he still has no idea how the substance got into his system in the first location.
In an effort to deal with the disadvantages of what happened to Jones as well as some other concerns raised by UFC athletes registered in the anti-doping program, Novitzky claims that the company has a three-pronged plan of attack for 20-19 and outside that he expects will fix several of the issues.
Inch. More Medication Testing
Novitzky said more testing is actually a huge portion of the strategy to prevent performance enhancing drug used in the activity, but in addition, there are other benefits as well.
Moving back into Jones’ original failed test in July 2017, part of the confusion came from 2 previous evaluations he’d shot a couple weeks earlier that came back wash with no hint of a forbidden substance. He then tested positive for the Turinabol and again came up clean after that well.
Because of the extensive testing, Novitzky says Jones had been in a position to construct a timeline and claim his case on why he didn’t knowingly take this substance, notably that close to his struggle this past year.
“No. 1, our growth in analyzing,” Novitzky said in regards to the newest UFC plan in 20-19. “The reality with Jon [Jones], notably at July 2017, if he’d had those negative evaluations on July 7 and July 8, so I don’t think there might have been a way for USADA and the science to prove that this was non-intentional ingestion. I think more analyzing acts to protect our fighters. ”
Perhaps the biggest difficulty that’s plagued many fighters in the UFC when in terms of failed drug tests have been athletes claiming tainted supplements played an integral role.
Through an expensive adjudication process, many fighters have managed to assert that for their defense whilst ultimately getting a reduced sentence from USADA in regards to the doping violation.
Still it’therefore a costly undertaking not to mention that the procedure to locate all this out may be time intensive effort. Back in Barnett’therefore, he had been out for 15 months waiting for an unbiased arbitrator to rule on his case. He had been essentially exonerated for no wrongdoing but he still missed valuable time in his career simply to establish his innocence.
Novitzky claims nutritional supplements have become the most asked question in their own job with the UFC and that’s why he claims that the business expects to offer a definitive answer to the athletes at 20-19.
“A huge difficulty we see these low levels is due to nutritional supplement contaminations and it might be probably one of the most frequent question I buy,” Novitzky said. “These athletes say ‘hey what supplements-are USADA approved? ’ and also my answer is USADA doesn’t even accept any nutritional supplements however the moment I say they don’t even approve of any other supplements, everything else I say goes in 1 ear and out the other. They would like to hear from me personally what supplements am I permitted to use that USADA approves? We have been, I think early next year, definitely going to possess an approved line of supplements that will fundamentally tell our athletes use these, if anything happens with these and we are able to establish it stems as a result, then it’s a get out of jail free card.
“You may have to sit on the side line while whatever it had been clears your own system however it’S-A get out of jail free card. Major League Baseball has done this. In comparison, we’d like 2,800 evaluations this past year, base ball did 12,000 and’d zero infected supplement cases. So look at this since they have a licensed line of supplements that all their players know these are accepted by baseball, so I could use these. I think that may go a very long way in solving this. ”
It’s safe to say nearly all people involved in mixed martial arts had never heard of a measurement as small as the picogram until this latest doping case between Jon Jones.
The phrase has been thrown around non-stop as an endeavor to clear Jones of almost any wrongdoing — because he tested positive for an amazingly low level of banned substances in his system. There’s been sorts of analogies chucked around using the picogram measurement simply to demonstrate that Jones barely had Turinabol within his body much less that it had been actually enhancing his operation.
Currently in accordance with Novitzky, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has been exploring the risk that drug testing is becoming so advance that labs have been nearly over doing it by examining down samples compared to this microscopic level.
Novitzky claims that water pollution might trigger a positive effect depending on the sophistication of the current drug testing protocols utilised in lots of WADA approved labs.
That’s why the UFC is currently awaiting word from a panel of scientists and scientists at WADA who’re looking to this case so they are able to potentially establish new threshold constraints in the anti-doping program that will give rise to a violation.
“Obviously the last issue is going to be the threshold difficulty and also taking the recommendation of the working class,” Novitzky said.
There’s exact timeline on when this can be instituted but obviously Novitzky believes it’s a large enough problem that the UFC needs to deal with it to get the anti-doping program.
(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)