USA Powerlifting Immediately Suspended From IPF For Drug Testing

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USA Powerlifting Immediately Suspended From IPF For Drug Testing

(Anchorage, AK) USA Powerlifting received the judgment from the IPF Doping Hearing Panel. Despite our plea to allow nominated athletes to compete, much like the IOC and IPF did for Russia (ROC), The IPF has denied athletes the right to compete. We are essentially being suspended for too much drug testing and not for doping violations. A 12-month suspension for all USA Powerlifting members from IPF competitions is effective immediately. This suspension only affects the IPF events(and all positions held in the IPF), it does not impact local, National or our Pro events.

For over 40 years USA Powerlifting has been America’s Choice for Drug-Free Strength Sport. We believe that fair play and a clean platform at every level is important above all else. We refuse to capitulate to the IPF’s new brand of powerlifting that allows doping to run rampant.

The biggest impact in this brave new world is on the athletes. For the sake of our athletes, we will continue to fight for what is right. We believe in drug testing at all levels so that everyone from the local level to the elite level has a fair play platform. We believe in targeted testing to catch cheaters. And we believe that in order to call yourselves drug-free, you actually have to conduct drug testing at all levels of competition.

With our suspension from the IPF we are now the World’s Choice for Drug-Free Strength Sport. We will continue to lead the sport in innovation by consistently providing the best powerlifting product in the world; from high-quality events with professional light, audio, and jumbo screens, to great accommodations and locations. Athletes compete with USA Powerlifting because they are treated well and have access to the best drug-free powerlifting platform in the world.

We are deeply disappointed in this decision by the IPF. Our hearts go out to our National Team members who have had the rug pulled out from under them. We released the announcement of our new Pro Series on social media earlier this week. Details will be coming soon, but one of the first details we want to share is that the monies previously allocated for participation in the IPF events will now be given directly back to the athletes. This new level of competition will pay out over $200,000 to our Pro Athletes and raise the level of competition to even greater heights.

To all our members and most of all to our athletes; thank you for your commitment to our purpose, values, and mission. Because of you, our future is bright and because of you, we will continue to fight the good fight and ensure you have the best powerlifting experience possible.

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I feel like I have to be missing something... Aren't there tested and untested leagues? Why would IPF care if natural athletes compete?
 
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So this sends a message that using PEDS or other enhancements is OK in powerlifting. This would be akin to the IOC sanctioning a country's Olympics committee for overdoing testing on their athletes.
 

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The IPF is requiring all federations to be fully WADA compliant, which bars federations from participating in testing. Instead they must pay a third party (WADA) to do all testing. WADA is a powerful organization, and the IPF has clearly folded under the pressure.
 

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I feel like I have to be missing something... Aren't there tested and untested leagues? Why would IPF care if natural athletes compete?
Im with you on this one. @flenser , am i understanding you correctly that USA powerlifting was testing their own athletes and mot a third party? Which then led to the suspension?
 

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That's the most ridiculous attempt at a spin I've ever seen.

They are doing their own testing instead of using an unbiased third party. They aren't even using a WADA compliant panel.
 

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Im with you on this one. @flenser , am i understanding you correctly that USA powerlifting was testing their own athletes and mot a third party? Which then led to the suspension?
I don't have the whole story yet, but that is my understanding.
 

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That's the most ridiculous attempt at a spin I've ever seen.

They are doing their own testing instead of using an unbiased third party. They aren't even using a WADA compliant panel.
ok, so the issue pertains to the legitimacy of the testing?
 

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ok, so the issue pertains to the legitimacy of the testing?
Yep. You can test people as much as you want, but it's going to actually have to be testing that's compliant to count as testing at all.

It's like if a camp of UFC fighters weren't compliant with USADA testing but say they're testing themselves. Then when they get suspended try to say the UFC suspended them for testing too much!
 

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It's like if a camp of UFC fighters weren't compliant with USADA testing but say they're testing themselves. Then when they get suspended try to say the UFC suspended them for testing too much!
when you put it that way... :LOL:
 

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Fvck the USAPL. Saw a judge there once cut a lifters knee wraps b/c they were to long. Instead of saying... hey, these are illegal the asshole actually cut them and then gave them back. Ruined the wraps. I'll never lift for those pretentious POS's.
 

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Here is the press release from USAPL.



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