US Olympic boxer Virginia Fuchs, who beat doping allegations because the banned substances were transmitted to her during sex, has spoken out in a video interview, saying she had “no idea” something like that could happen.
“When I was first notified back in March when I had these prohibited substances in me, I was in complete shock and had no idea where they had come from, knowing I had never ingested anything,” Fuchs said in the video published by FOX 26 reporter Mark Berman on Twitter about the moment she found out she was positive for Letrozole and GW1516, which are prohibited hormone and metabolic modulators.
“But I am just relieved that USADA saw my case [as] very unique and gave me a no fault and have cleared me and allowed me to continue my career immediately and I had no idea that you could get contaminated through intimate contact,” the boxing big chuckled.
Fuchs, who has served as a recent captain of the US Olympic team, was cleared of any wrongdoing by the USADA on Thursday.
She tested positive for dope during an out-of-competition test in February. During the investigation, the USADA determined Fuchs’ boyfriend had been taking products that included the two banned substances and the levels in her system were consistent with recent exposure through intimate contact.
Fuchs thanked the “athlete ombudsman and USA Boxing” who “believed” in her throughout the investigation.
“We took the necessary steps and USADA took full investigation of my case and they came out with the truth and dismissed me of any wrongdoing and I’m just grateful that it’s behind me and I can now focus on my preparation for Tokyo,” Fuchs went on in the video.
“Like I said, I just want my fellow athletes to learn from my mistake, I’ve learned an important lesson to just always take the necessary precautions in any case, especially with intimate contact. Like I said, I don’t want them to get blindsided by my unique experience.”
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