By Brad Spencer
Two high school athletes in Illinois tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during the winter sports season.
As part of the Illinois High School Association’s Performance-Enhancing Drug Testing Program, 467 student-athletes from 56 schools have been tested thus far this school year, with three coming back positive. One was cleared on a medical exemption. The two athletes are the first to test positive without a medical clearance as a result of the program.
“We certainly don’t celebrate these findings, but it does bring validity to the fact that our member school coaches and administrators believe that these abuses are occurring,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman at the Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday. “We are confident that the possibility of being tested year-round will continue to be a significant deterrent for student-athletes who are considering using illegal substances.”
Hickman added that due to confidentially laws, the IHSA is unable to comment further on the positive tests, including the schools or individuals involved.
The two students could face a full year of ineligibility.