Judo athlete sanctioned

  • Doping Violation Update

Sport Integrity Australia acknowledges the decision of Judo Australia to impose a three-year ban on athlete Sung Min (Leo) Lee for the Presence of a metabolite/s of a Prohibited Substance and/or a Prohibited Substance and its metabolite/s, and Attempted Use of a Prohibited Substance/s.

Mr Lee returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from an Out-of-Competition doping control test on 8 September 2022.

Mr Lee’s sample was analysed at the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory, part of the National Measurement Institute, which detected the presence of:

  • 17α-methyl-6β,17β-dihydroxyandrosta-1,4-dien-3-one and 17α-methyl-5β-androstane-3α,17β-diol (metabolites of Metandienone);
  • Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (4-chloro17β-hydroxy-17α-methyl-androsta-1,4-dien-3-one) (DHCMT) and its metabolites:
    • 4-chloro-17α-methyl-6β,17β-dihydroxyandrosta-1,4-dien-3-one,
    • 4-chloro-17α-methyl-3α,6β,17β-trihydroxy-5β-androst-1-en-16-one,
    • 4α-chloro-17β-hydroxymethyl-17α-methyl-18-nor-5α-androst-13-en-3α-ol,
    • 4-chloro-17α-hydroxymethyl-17β-methyl-18-nor-5α-androst-13-en-3a-ol,
    • 4-chloro-17α-methyl-5β-androstane-3α,16ζ,17β-triol,
    • 4-chloro-17α-hydroxymethyl-17β-methyl-18-nor-androsta-4,13-dien-3β-ol,
    • 4-chloro-17β-hydroxymethyl-17α-methyl-18-nor-androsta-4,13-dien-3α-ol,
    • 4-chloro-17β-hydroxymethyl-17α-methyl-18-nor-5β-androsta-1,13-dien-3α-ol, and:
    • 4-chloro-17α-methyl-androst-4-ene-3α,17β-diol

It was determined that on and/or before 8 September 2022 Mr Lee used the substances listed above (i.e. Metandienone and DHCMT).

It was also determined that from on and/or around 22 June 2022 to on and/or around 8 November 2022 Mr Lee attempted to use LGD-4033 (Ligandrol), GW501516 (Cardarine) and Enobosarm (Ostarine).

Judo Australia has imposed a three-year ban on Mr Lee.

Mr Lee’s ban, commencing on 8 September 2022, was reduced by 12 months following a full admission of the alleged Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs).

Mr Lee is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 8 September 2025. He is also not permitted to compete in a non-signatory professional league, or event organised by a non-signatory International or National level event organisation.

About the substances

Metandienone and Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT) are listed under class S1.1 Anabolic Androgenic Steroids of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2022 Prohibited List, as Non-Specified Substances and are prohibited at all times.

The substances Ostarine (Enobosarm) and LGD-4033 (Ligandrol) are listed under class S1.2 (Anabolic Agents – Other Anabolic Agents) of the 2022 Prohibited List as Non-Specified Substances and are prohibited at all times.

GW501516, a S4 class Hormone and Metabolic Modulator, is classified as a Non-Specified Substance and is prohibited at all times under the 2022 Prohibited List.

Additional information on the Prohibited Substances

Anabolic agents pose many threats to an athlete’s health and some side effects may include an increase in blood pressure and cholesterol levels which can lead to heart disease. The side effects of using Metandienone and Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone include damage to the liver, heart and reproductive system.

Ostarine (Enobosarm) is a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM) that is not approved for human use or consumption in Australia. SARMs pose serious health concerns, including increased risk of heart attack, stroke and life-threatening liver toxicity.

LGD-4033 (Ligandrol) is also a SARM and was originally developed for the treatment of muscle wasting conditions such as aging, osteoporosis, muscular dystrophy and cancer, however, it is promoted as a selective non-steroidal anabolic agent.

SARMs are claimed to be a substance that induces muscle (and bone) growth without the side effects associated with steroid use. However, information on the safety of SARMs is scarce, due to a lack of medium and long-term clinical trials.

Clean, fair sport

Sport Integrity Australia is committed to protecting the right of clean athletes to fair competition. If you are aware of any suspicious doping activity, you can:

Sport Integrity Australia recommends athletes check substances and medications before taking them and to follow our advice on any sport supplements.

The Sport Integrity app provides a useful resource for athletes and support staff to check substances and medications. Additionally, it provides information on how to find batch-tested supplements or see if a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) is required.

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