At one point on Thursday, it looked like she might be able to compete in the event – which athletes compete against to be part of the Olympic team – which was due to start in Eugene, Oregon on Friday. .
“Since there is an active appeal process, the USATF will allow all athletes to continue competing until the process is complete,” Susan Hazzard, general manager of communications for USA, told CNN. Track and Field.
But later Thursday, the US Olympic committee said it would recognize the ban on his participation.
“The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, in conjunction with the USATF, can confirm that we will abide by the WADA Code and all CAS decisions that govern athlete participation in sanctioned events,” the Committee CEO said Thursday. American Olympic and Paralympic Sarah Hirshland in a statement.
In an Instagram post on Monday, Houlihan said she was devastated to learn of the suspension of the Athletic Integrity Unit (AIU), an independent anti-doping body, after testing positive for nandrolone at the following a drug test in December.
Houlihan, a 2016 Olympian and US 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter record holder, said the positive test came from consuming a burrito about 10 hours before the drug test. She said the burrito contained pork organ meat, or offal, which she said may lead to a positive test for nandrolone.
“When I got this email, I must have read it a dozen times and googled what I had just tested positive for,” she said in an Instagram post. “I had never even heard of nandrolone. “
Nandrolone is a synthetic anabolic steroid analogue of testosterone, according to the National Institutes of Health.
The NIH says it can be used for testosterone replacement therapy to increase nitrogen retention and fat-free muscle mass.
The athlete said she was devastated to learn of the suspension.
“I feel completely devastated, lost, broken, angry, confused and betrayed by the very sport that I loved and dedicated myself to just to see how good I was,” Houlihan said in his message. “I want to be very clear. I have never taken any performance enhancing substances. And that includes what I’m accused of. “
A 2015 study funded by WADA found that traces of nandrolone can be found in some meats and warned of the possibility of a false positive.
In a statement to CNN on Thursday, World Athletics, the international governing body for athletics, said: “All member federations must abide by decisions of CAS under the WADA code. We are talking to the USATF. “
In a statement posted to Twitter on Thursday, AIU said it wrote to the USATF.
“The IAU has clarified that as a member federation of World Athletics, the USATF must, within the framework of its events, respect and implement the decisions of hearing bodies such as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS ) that are taken under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules, ”the statement said.
CNN has reached out to Houlihan’s representation to inquire about the athlete’s next steps in combating his suspension.