Whether you’re an avid CrossFit athlete, fan, or partake in another strength sport, then chances are you’ve seen some of the news that’s dropped this week concerning the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games. The first major news dropped Monday, July 16th when 11 CrossFit Regionals athlete were announced to have failed the CrossFit Games’ drug breach policy.

On this list, five athletes were Games bound, and it included some major names like 4-time Games athlete Emily Abbott. Since the original publication of this list, three more athletes have been added, and Abbott has posted a discuss her Instagram page in reaction to CrossFit’s decision over her four year ban.?All this left some fans slightly unclear about the appeals process and just what actually went down behind the scenes at Regionals as well as in run up to the general public understanding of their list, especially in Abbott’s case.

In CrossFit’s latest Studio Update below, Sean Woodland sits down with Gm from the CrossFit Games Justin Bergh to achieve an awareness of the testing that went on at the 2018 CrossFit Regionals. I highly recommend watching the recording throughout.

If you’re thinking about Abbott’s case specifically, then skip to around 3:20. When Woodland asked Bergh concerning the crutch in Abbott’s defense and Bergh states, “Emily said that she was accidentally contaminated with different one-time occurrence that happened on Saturday prior to the Championship Sunday in the West Regional.”

Bergh then is constantly on the explain that his team, the team at Drug Free Sport, and independent research parties considered what was stated in Abbott’s appeal and assessed how ibutamoron is often used by athletes (usage, duration, dosage, benefits, and so on). He concludes by saying that in short, based from their research, they couldn’t accept [with a definite conscious] this was just a 1 time occurrence.

After this explanation, Woodland plays devil’s advocate and asks concerning the chance of Abbott’s story completely checking out, and Bergh states,?“It\’s the athlete’s responsibility to make sure that their samples don\’t have a banned substance inside them which means they need to be very judicious?about what they put in their body.”?

Bergh’s closing message is the fact that even in cases where contamination or accidental consumption are true, there\’ll be no decrease in an athlete’s sanction. He points out that doing this could then set a precedent, which would take away from the strictness of CrossFit’s current drug policies.

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