Olivia Rae has been banned for two and a half years
Friday, September 23, 2022 at 2:58 pm
USADA has suspended Olivia Rae for two and a half years. A New Zealand cyclist who appeared for human-powered health was caught using several banned substances. The alleged misconduct was brought to light by a whistleblower VeloNews.
Ray’s suspension was imposed from March 10, so with previous procedure. USADA CEO Travis D. Tygaard commented on the incident: “This case demonstrates the strength of robust investigations in protecting sports and the rights of athletes. As always, we will thoroughly investigate evidence of doping violations and take action. “We appreciate the help of those who come forward to make it a clean sport,” Tygaert told Whistleblower.
Ray, the New Zealand national champion in February, allegedly received banned substances from her then-boyfriend Jackson Nash. Earlier this year, the former rider himself received a lifetime ban from USADA.
Reduction of sentence
Ray, 24, cooperated with the investigation and immediately admitted his violations to USADA, meaning he could still be eligible for a reduced sentence. In addition, she also gave information to the case surrounding her ex-boyfriend Nash, so Ray immediately received a lighter sentence.
All Ray results will be disqualified from May 17, 2021. In other words, his national title of New Zealand is part of it.
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