Illustration photo – Cyclocross World Cup, women's race – elite, November 16, 2019 in Tábor. Kateřina Nash from the Czech Republic.
New York – Former successful biker and cyclocrosser Kateřina Nash avoided a four-year sentence for doping. After an investigation, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on the website that the banned substance had entered her body from the drug for the dog.
Forty-five-year-old Nash, who lives in California and practically ended her professional career after last season, tested positive for capromorelin during an out-of-competition control in October.
Bronze medalist from the cyclocross world championship and the European mountain bike championship in her defense, she stated that the substance got into her body from medicine for the dog. Her version was also confirmed by the USADA investigation.
In addition, the manufacturer of the drug did not inform about the possibility of contamination on the packaging. “Oral administration was difficult and it (capromorelin) got into my body just by contact with the skin,” said Nash for mtbs.cz. , were also tested positive. Based on the evidence provided, they determined that I had no reasonable guilt or warning of possible skin transmission,” she added.
The case of the Czech cyclist should now contribute to a change in anti-doping rules. USADA chief Travis Tygart wants to enforce that innocent athletes do not have to publicly announce a positive test.