American star runner Shelby Hollihan will not be able to participate in the Tokyo Olympics. In fact, after testing positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone, she will not be able to compete at all for the next four years.
But Houlihan insisted on her innocence and blamed her positive test on another culprit: the burritos from an “authentic Mexican food truck” near her home in Beaverton, Oregon.
As Houlihan explained in an Instagram post, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has communicated that eating pork will result in a false positive test for Nandrolone. why? Because “certain types of pigs will naturally produce it in large quantities.” So, that’s why she thinks burritos will cause false alarms.
Despite this, the Athletics Integrity Department (AIU) still supported her suspension, and Houlihan was not satisfied with the way her decision was handled.
Although my level is consistent with the level of the research subject who was tested 10 hours after consuming this source, and the WADA technical guidelines require laboratories to consider this when analyzing Nandrolone, the laboratory has never considered this possibility. . They could have reported this as an atypical finding and tested it further. The anti-doping experts I contacted said they should do this.
I try my best to prove my innocence. I passed the polygraph test. My hair was sampled by one of the most important toxicologists in the world.
The World Anti-Doping Agency agreed that the test proved that there is no accumulation of this substance in my body, if I take it regularly, there will be. Nothing can change the initial rapid decision of the laboratory. Instead, they just concluded that I was a liar, taking oral steroids, but not regularly. I believe my explanation is more in line with the facts-because it is true. I also believe that it was rejected without proper due process.
Houlihan also expressed her emotions and reiterated that she has never taken performance-enhancing substances in her posts.
I felt completely destroyed, lost, broken, angry, confused, and betrayed by the sport I loved, and poured myself just to see how good I was.
I want to be very clear. I have never taken any substances that improve performance. This includes those I was accused of.
Of course, this is unfortunate for Hou Lihan, who was originally prepared to participate in the second Olympic Games and is likely to win a medal. She set an American record with a score of 14:34.45 in the 5000m race in 2018, and later broke her own record with a score of 14:23.92 in 2020.
In addition, Houlihan held the American record with 3:54.99 in the 1500m race.