Australia’s sport’s governing body, Motorcycling Australia (MA), has released their first statement in regards to the positive anti-doping test results by Jake and Matt Moss at the Murray Bridge round of the Motul MX Nationals in May.
In the statement released today, MA confirmed that both Jake and Matt tested positive for Ostarine, a SARM (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator) that mimics the effects of anabolic steroids, and is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
MA confirmed that Jake and Matt have been provisionally suspended from any activity in their sport until the matter is resolved, per Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) guidelines.
The brothers released statements earlier this week on their respective social media accounts confirming they were challenging the test results.
Below is the full statement from MA.
“Bound by the ASADA Act and ASADA Regulations, the Code, the WADA International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information and the Privacy Act, Motorcycling Australia can now confirm that on 22nd of May 2016 the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) tested four individual athletes at the MX Nationals round held at Murray Bridge in South Australia.
“Motorcycling Australia can also confirm that samples provided by both Jake Moss and Matt Moss have tested positive for Ostarine, a substance prohibited for use in sport under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List.
“Both Jake and Matt Moss are now under investigation by ASADA and have been provisionally suspended by Motorcycling Australia from any activity in their sport until the matter is resolved as per ASADA’s guidelines. The other two riders tested at the same time – Dean Ferris and Nathan Crawford – had no adverse analytical findings.
“An important part of the Australian Anti-Doping process is that the privacy of individuals is protected, and the ‘legislation ensures that an athlete or support person has their privacy protected while the matter is being reviewed’.
“ASADA conducts testing of Australian athletes according to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) International Standard for Testing and Investigation and as a government agency ASADA is bound by the Commonwealth Fraud Control guidelines as well as in accordance with the Australian Government Investigations Standards.
“Throughout the investigation process the correct procedures have been followed to ensure the credibility of the athletes, promoter, governing body and ASADA has not been tarnished. Only when the final determination has been made will Motorcycling Australia be in the position to make any further comments.
“More information on ASADA’s processes and regulations can be found via the website."