WADA under fire over Rob Font false positives


The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) uncovered the World Anti-Doping Agency’s mistake and cleared UFC bantamweight contender Rob Font of banned drug use charges in his fight against the former champion Cody Garbrandt in May.

Font’s urine samples were taken by WADA immediately after adding another win to his CV at UFC Fight Night 188. He had tested positive for 4-chloropenoxyacetic acid (4-CPA), which is prohibited by USADA.
Font manager-trainer Tyson Chartier said the news of his fighter testing positive for the AMA test came as a shock. They then documented every item Font consumed prior to the May fight and sent the report to USADA for reconsideration.

It turned out that the substance for which WADA had declared a threshold of 1000 mg / ml of 4-CPA is commonly found in shampoos and lotions.

USADA then concluded that the bantamweight star must have applied cosmetics during the fight week, which resulted in the positive test.

Still, UFC’s Jeff Novitzky is furious with WADA. Novitzky is the Senior Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance. He told MMA Junkie: “This is a real ‘false positive’ case. And the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Their scientists presented guidelines to their accredited laboratories that were completely wrong. “


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