Shelby Houlihan, who holds the American record for 1,500 and 5,000 meters, with her sights set on competing in the upcoming Summer Games in Tokyo shared publicly she’d received a four-year ban from the sport after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.
But Houlihan denies knowingly taking any banned substance or performance-enhancing drug. Instead, she shared on Instagram Monday her positive test must be from a tainted pork burrito:
“I want to be very clear. I have never taken any performance-enhancing substances. And that includes that of which I am being accused,” Houlihan wrote.
Houlihan says she received a provisional ban from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) because of a positive test for Nandrolone. According to the athlete, it’s a steroid that pigs produce in high amounts naturally.
The 28-year-old Oregon resident says she consumed a burrito from a food truck hours before her drug test and submitted an appeal with this rationale to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
She even passed a polygraph and submitted a hair sample for toxicology testing, according to CBS News.
But the CAS upheld the AIU’s charge against Houlihan of a four-year ban:
The news from Houlihan comes on the eve of the U.S. Olympic Trials, which are from June 18 to June 27 in Eugene, Ore.