Iron Athlete Weightlifter Trevor Cuicchi Tested Positive for SARM
February 1st, 2019
ASU student suspended after using dietary supplement contaminated with Ostarine.
Trevor Cuicchi, a 22-year old student-athlete at Arizona State University (ASU) who competed for the Iron Athlete Weightlifting Club, has been suspended for nine-months after committing an anti-doping rule violation.
Cuicchi tested positive for Ostarine according to an announcement by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on January 28, 2019. The Ostarine positive arose from an out-of-competition urine sample collected on June 14, 2018.
Trevor Cuicchi was the 2018 National University Champion in the 94-kilogram weight class.
Cuicchi won three gold medals in the 94-kilogram class at the 2018 USA Weightlifting National University Championships at Weber State University on April 19-22, 2018. He recorded lifts of 143-kg, 180-kg and 323 in the snatch, clean & jerk and total, respectively.
Based on his performance and the University Nationals, Ciucchi had been selected by USA Weightlifting (USAW) to represent the United States at the 2018 FISU World University Weightlifting Championship in Poland on September 20-23, 2018. However, Cuicchi’s named was stricken from the list after USAW was alerted to the adverse analytical finding.
Ostarine is a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) that is also known as Enobosarm and MK-2866. SARMs do not share the defining steroidal chemical structure. However, SARMS bind to and exert their effects on the androgen receptor just like traditional anabolic steroids.
Cuicchi denied knowingly using Ostarine. He told USADA that the Ostarine positive probably resulted from the use of a contaminated dietary supplement. Cuicchi turned over the dietary supplement to USADA. Ostarine was not disclosed as an ingredient on the label.
USADA opened an investigation into the case. It submitted the dietary supplement to a WADA-accredited laboratory (Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory or SMARTL) for analysis. SMARTL confirmed that Ostarine was present in the supplement.