Athletes or sportsmen, in general, go to great lengths to perform well on the tracks, in the pitch, or in the arena for the fighters. They eat healthily and do workouts to keep healthy and fit. They ensure their body is in the right shape and maintain a healthy weight. To supplement exercise and diet, sportsmen may take well-researched and safe steroids. These can be oral or injectable steroids which help in muscle-building and repair during recovery. However, sports bodies prohibit participants from using steroids or other performance-enhancing substances in matches or contests, to ensure a level playground for all and avoid unfair competition.
Jon Jones’s case
Last month, Jones took a polygraph test, of own volition. This was in a bid to prove his point that he never consciously took Turinabol, which is an anabolic steroid. He also refuted the claim that he used some other performance-enhancing substance in the period preceding his fight – the UFC 214 contest against Daniel Cormier in Anaheim, California. According to the UFC sources, Jones sailed through the test.
The PGP Polygraph & Interviewing Service in Albuquerque, N.M. administered the test on December 7, 2017, according to sources. Unexpectedly, Jones was under no requirement from IFC or the United States Anti-Doping Agency to go through the test.
Jones failure in earlier drug tests
Jones, 30, had previously failed a drug test on Jul 28, 2017, as announced by UFC a week later. The test was done just a day before his third-round TKO triumph over Cormier. Both Jones and his management team had, from that day, put on a spirited fight to refute claims that Jones had knowingly made use of proscribed substances before the fight.
The management team, backed by Jones, is very determined to water down the failed test. The July result had made the California State Athletic Commission to reject his victory and declare the duel a no-contest. The commission then proceeded to award the heavyweight title to Cormier for another time.
Despite Jones having been provisionally suspended by USADA, he has not received the formal punishment from USADA or the CSAC. Apparently, Jones’ CSAC hearing is, as of now, slotted for some time in the coming month.
In 2016, ahead of UFC 200, tests on Jones yielded positive results for two prohibited substances; Letrozole and clomiphene. He was put on a year’s suspension by the arbitrators after they concluded that Jones portrayed negligence for taking sexual performance-enhancing pills which made him test positive.
As Jon Jones’ hearing in the doping allegations comes up in February, the previous UFC light-heavyweight titleholder’s career is at risk. If he is found guilty of intentionally taking Turinabol, he risks being sent off the ring for a period of up to four years. The suspension could even be doubled if it’s found out Jones had tried to cheat USADA by using other tricks like taking a drug to cover another one.