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Mayhem’s Kabboord Tested Positive for Banned Substance Clenbuterol

June 14, 2019 by
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CrossFit Mayhem revealed on a podcast that Elly Kabboord, captain of CrossFit Mayhem Independence, tested positive at the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship for the banned substance Clenbuterol. 

“We believe you, we stand beside you that you did not knowingly take anything and whether it’s a tainted supplement — supplements are getting tested — or a tainted meat, that could be it. We know you as a person, we know you as an athlete and know that how many years have you been competing and never once had a positive test and been tested numerous times,” Rich Froning said. 

This is the fifth positive drug test this season.

The notification from CrossFit HQ came just after Independence placed sixth at the Rogue Invitational. 

“I’ve never in my life taken a drug that wasn’t prescribed to me and I would never — Rich, Hillary, my teammates and the Mayhem family, they are my family — and I would never in this universe jeopardize their futures,” Kabboord said. “That being said, I am 100% responsible for everything I put in my body.”

In the podcast, Kabboord revealed that she has retained a lawyer and that her positive test found 1 billionth of a gram of Clenbuterol.

Kabboord and her attorney’s request for two additional weeks for the investigation and testing of supplements was denied by CrossFit, according to the podcast.

“I’ve never in my life taken a drug that wasn’t prescribed to me…That being said, I am 100% responsible for everything I put in my body.” — Elly Kabboord

According to the World Anti-Doping Agency, Clenbuterol is a banned substance with a lengthy history of positive results in sports, though it has been subject to several high-profile investigations and linked to meat contamination. 

Last September, ESPN detailed how a cattle ranch in Mexico was tainted with the drug — which has been used in livestock for decades, though it has been illegal in most countries for years. Boxer Canelo Alvarez, who was suspended for six months, claimed tainted beef as a result for his positive test. 

This and other tainted meat related instances has caused WADA to amend Article 7.4 of the World Anti-Doping Code “to allow WADA-accredited Laboratories to report Atypical Findings (ATFs) for the Prohibited Substance clenbuterol.” 

Moreover, the amendment was written to provide Anti-Doping Organizations “with the possibility of conducting an investigation when low concentrations of identified Prohibited Substances that are known meat contaminants are detected by Laboratories and reported as ATFs. This will ensure that valid meat contamination cases are dealt with fairly and, notably, may prevent athletes from having their competition results disqualified as a result of eating contaminated meat.”

The amendment went into effect on June 1, 2019. 

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