Emily Abbott Responds to 4-Year Ban for Breach of CrossFit Games Drug Policy admin December 16, 2019 Fitness Yesterday, CrossFit HQ released a summary of athletes who have been in breach of the drug policy following a 2018 CrossFit Regionals competition. This list originally included 13 names (but has grown to 14 as of this moment with the addition of Gena Malkovskiy) and had five athletes which were 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games bound (2 individual and 3 team). Among the Games bound athletes was Emily Abbott, a 4-time CrossFit Games athlete, and first place finisher in the 2018 CrossFit Regionals West competition. On CrossFit’s list, they state Abbott tested positive for ibutamoren, which is labeled as an anabolic agent. Because the publication of this list, Abbott has released an argument on her Instagram page that’s embedded and copied below. The post below is a direct quote from Abbott’s Instagram post. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 16, 2018?Calgary, Alberta, Canada The CrossFit Games issued its decision suspending CrossFit athlete Emily Abbott from competition from June 22, 2018 until June 21, 2022.? Despite her detailed explanation and supporting evidence of how ibutamoren came into existence in her sample, the CrossFit Games entirely disregarded Ms. Abbott\’s explanation and imposed the maximum possible sanction, without granting her a hearing.? In answering the CrossFit Games\’ decision, Ms. Abbott stated as follows: \”I am beyond disappointed and frustrated that the organization I\’ve dedicated so much of my life to has basically ignored my reason behind my inadvertent contact with ibutamoren.? I\’ve proudly represented the game being an advocate of fresh eating along with a healthy way of life, and would not knowingly take any banned substance.? I strongly disagree with this unfair decision, and will be exploring all of my options.\” As of right now, there’s been no further context shared from Abbott’s perspective regarding interaction with CrossFit HQ around the matter.