CrossFit banned Rachel Campbell for Anavar, Weightlifting banned her for refusing to submit to sample collection.
Rachel Campbell, a 27-year old who once ranked as high as 75th worldwide in the CrossFit Games women’s division, has been suspended once again for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV). It was the second ADRV committed by Campbell in 2018.
The CrossFit Games suspended Campbell for a four-year period of ineligibility after she tested positive for the anabolic steroid oxandrolone (Anavar). The Anavar positive arose from an in-competition urine sample collected at the 2018 Reebok CrossFit South Regionals in Salt Lake City on May 17, 2018.
Rachel Campbell planned on competing in Olympic weightlifting.
The CrossFit Games prohibited Campbell from competing in CrossFit until June 2022. For this reason, Campbell switched over to Olympic weightlifting where should would have had an opportunity to compete in USA Weightlifting events during her hiatus from CrossFit.
Unfortunately, Olympic weightlifting was not in the cards for Campbell. The former CrossFitter was selected for drug testing by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Campbell was presumably targeted due to the steroid positive received during her time with CrossFit.
Campbell did not cooperate with the USADA doping control officers. She flatly refused to provide a urine sample. This represented a ADRV under the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC).
USADA suspended her for another four years. The period of ineligibility began on February 1, 2019. Campbell will not be eligible to compete again in the sport of Olympic weightlifting until February 1, 2023.
Campbell admitted using Anavar after she tested positive for the anabolic steroid in May 2018. Campbell claimed that her personal physician prescribed it for therapeutic reasons. She claimed her doctor recommended Anavar to help her recover from a biceps tear.
Campbell retroactively filed a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) but was flatly rejected by CrossFit.
Campbell has not yet commented on her latest anti-doping sanction.
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USADA. (February 7, 2019). U.S. Weightlifting Athlete Rachel Campbell Receives Sanction for Anti-Doping Rule Violation. Retrieved from usada.org/rachel-campbell-receives-doping-sanction/