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Lifetime ban for Jackson ’Huntley’ Nash after USADA investigation

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The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Wednesday that Jackson “Huntley” Nash, of Marietta, Georgia, had received a lifetime ban after an investigation revealed evidence of multiple anti-doping rule violations.

USADA said it started the investigation into the US cyclist after receiving information from a whistleblower in December of 2021.

“This is yet another case that demonstrates the power of investigations in the shared fight to protect sport and athletes’ rights,” USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said in a statement. 

“As always, we will thoroughly investigate and act on evidence of doping violations, and greatly appreciate the assistance of those who come forward on behalf of clean sport.”

Nash has raced in the US for a number of years, competing in more than a dozen Pro/Cat 1 races in 2021. His last major race in August of last year was the Spartanburg Criterium and his best result of the year was a sixth at the Miami Prix Criterium Series Men Cat 1/2/3 division in April of 2021. 

USADA said that Nash’s lifetime ineligibility would began on June 30, 2022. The anti-doping agency added that disqualification would apply to any results on or after December 15, 2021, which was the date evidence was collected of his possession of prohibited substances.

The agency said its investigation yielded evidence and testimony demonstrating that Nash had committed the anti-doping rule violations listed below:

  • Use or attempted use of Prohibited Substances, including testosterone, clenbuterol, oxandrolone, and anastrozole
  • Tampering or attempted tampering with any part of doping control by interfering with USADA’s investigation
  • Possession of Prohibited Substances, including testosterone, clenbuterol, oxandrolone, and anastrozole
  • Trafficking or attempted trafficking of Prohibited Substances clenbuterol and oxandrolone to another athlete
  • Administration or attempted administration of Prohibited Substances human growth hormone, clenbuterol, and oxandrolone to another athlete
  • Complicity or attempted complicity by encouraging another athlete to use prohibited substances
  • Retaliation by filing a meritless petition for a protective order against an individual based in part on the individual’s report to USADA of Nash’s anti-doping rule violations

Nash was reportedly in a difficult relationship with New Zealand professional cyclist Olivia Ray, with a family violence hearing in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County reportedly revealing details of their problems.

Last month the NZ Herald reported that Ray – who raced professionally in the United States last year and won the New Zealand Championships road race in February – had revealed in an interview that she took performance enhancing substances.

She is currently awaiting the outcome of USADA’s investigation against her, which could yield up to a four-year ban. Ray was released by her Human Powered Health team in March following alleged code of conduct violations.

Cycling New Zealand confirmed to Cyclingnews that it had been advised by DFSNZ (Drug Free Sport New Zealand) that an investigation was being undertaken by USADA. 

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