Triathlon age groupers watch out. This guy from the USA has been caught doping. He is 57 years old and is one ‘very handy’ triathlete. Moats times read pretty impressively. 2:15 for Olympic distance races and a 9:35 for Ironman Florida in 2010 (click here to see a list of Kevin’s results). At this level it is poor form to be cheating other age groupers out of a bit of glory. In fact it is wrong at any level but when you are not playing for big prize money it somehow makes it even more underhanded.
If you are on the gear at an age group level you should have a long hard look at yourself.
Read the release from Ironman.com below…
Ironman Press Release…
American age group athlete Kevin Moats has received a one-year period of ineligibility for the offense, and has been provisionally suspended from WTC competition.
October 18, 2012 (Tampa, Fla.) — Today, World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) announced that an independent three member American Arbitration Association (AAA) panel issued its decision that American age group athlete Kevin Moats committed a doping violation. Moats has received a one-year period of ineligibility for the offense, effective January 30, 2012, and has been provisionally suspended from WTC competition since notice of the adverse finding.
Moats, of Atlanta, Georgia, was tested out-of-competition as part of the WTC Anti-Doping Program on January 30, 2012.Â The Adverse Analytical Finding resulted from the administration of testosterone consistent the World AntiDoping Agency’s Prohibited List and by the World Triathlon Corporation Anti-Doping Rules (WTC Rules).
â€œThis ruling makes it clear that all Age Group Athletes are accountable to the WTC Rules and the TUE requirements of their National Triathlon Federations (NF) and National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADO),â€ said Kate Mittelstadt,Â Director of Anti-Doping for WTC.Â â€œWTC has and will continue to work with all Anti-Doping Organizations to urge athletes to take seriously their responsibilities and obligations in anti-doping.Â Â We implore all Â athletes to check with their NF’s and NADO’s to determine if a TUE is necessary.â€
â€œWTC has been a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) since 2005 and has had World Anti-Doping Â Agency recognized Code compliant rules since 2009,â€ continued Mittelstadt.Â â€œWe take note of the panel’s recommendations regarding clarity and consistency of our Rules and will work with all our stakeholders and WADA to make any necessary changes to further ensure the effectiveness of the WTC Anti-Doping Program in protecting the principles of clean sport for our athletes and events.â€
A copy of theÂ reasoned AAA Award can be downloaded here.