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Daton Fix Issued One-Year Suspension by USADA after Drinking Bottle Mixup

Fix’s suspension lasts until Feb. 10.

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Oklahoma State wrestler Daton Fix received a one-year suspension for use of ostarine, USADA announced Tuesday.

Fix, who took an Olympic redshirt last season at OSU, tested positive for ostarine on Jan. 22 as part of an out-of-competition drug test, according to USADA’s release. Ostarine is a nonspecific substance in the class of anabolic agents and is prohibited under the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, according to the release.

The panel that reviewed Fix’s case found that he ingested the substance from a water bottle that contained a supplement mixture as well as the ostarine that Fix’s father prepared for himself but left in the family refrigerator. According to the release, Fix said he was unaware his father added the substance to the mixture.

Fix’s suspension stared Feb. 10, the date of his provisional suspension, meaning his suspension will end Feb. 10, 2021. He has been disqualified from all competitive results from Jan. 22 through his provisional suspension.

According to the release, an athlete’s suspension may be reduced if the violation was unintentional, as it was in this case. The release noted that Fix “lacks significant fault for the violation.” Because of that, the panel agreed with Fix and USADA that he did not intend to ingest the ostarine. Thus, the panel agreed that a three-year reduction to the otherwise four-year suspension was appropriate.

The 2020 Olympic trials have been postponed to 2021 and no date has been announced for the trials. The original scheduled date was April 4 and 5, which would make it possible that Fix could still be eligible for the Olympic Trials for 2021.

It is unsure at this time what this means for Fix’s collegiate career. Fix went 34-2 as a true freshman in 2018-19. He was an NCAA Tournament runner-up at 133 pounds.

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