American track & field star Shelby Houlihan has been banned from the sport for four years due to testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid called Nandrolone.
“In the following 5 days after being notified, I put together a food log of everything that I consumed the week of that December 15th test. We concluded that the most likely explanation was a burrito purchased and consumed approximately 10 hours before that drug test from an authentic Mexican food truck that serves pig offal near my house in Beaverton, Oregon,” explained Houlihan in a recent Instagram post on her account.
The world record holder in the 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters explained, “I have since learned that it has long been understood by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) that eating pork can lead to a false positive for nandrolone, since certain types of pigs produce it naturally in high amounts. Pig organ meat (offal) has the highest levels of nandrolone.”
Though Houlihan provided hair samples and passed a polygraph test, WADA was not moved to overturn their ruling against the star athlete.
“I want to be very clear. I have never taken any performance enhancing substances. And that includes that of which I am being accused. I believe in the sport and pushing your body to the limit just to see where the limit is. I’m not interested in cheating. I don’t do this for the accolades, money, or for people to know my name. I do this because I love it,” declared Houlihan.