Robert: Olympian blames failed drug test on bad burrito
Published on June 17th, 2021 @ 12:00 PM
Former Olympian Shelby Houlihan is blaming a tainted pork burrito for her positive steroid test result.
The Athletics Integrity Unit banned Houlihan from competing for four years following a failed test that she submitted back in December, 2020. The test came back positive for the steroid nandrolone.
Houlihan attempted to appeal the ban, claiming her diet for the elevated levels of the steroid.
“I have since learned that it has long been understood by WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] that eating pork can lead to a false positive for nandrolone, since certain types of pigs produce it naturally in high amounts,” Houlihan wrote on Instagram. “Pig organ meat has the highest levels of nandrolone.”
She continued, “We concluded that the most likely explanation was a burrito purchased and consumed approximately 10 hours before that drug test from an authentic Mexican food truck that serves pig offal.”
The Court of Arbitration for Sport informed her this past Friday that it did not “accept” her explanation and upheld the ban.