Andrea Lee tests positive for banned substance, suspended
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Rising Invicta Fighting Championship’s flyweight star Andrea Lee has been temporarily suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Lee received word that she tested positive for a banned diuretic following her Invicta FC 16 loss Sarah D’Alelio.
The Invicta star went to Twitter to reveal the new:
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A diuretic is any substance that promotes the production of urine. This includes forced diuresis. There are several categories of diuretics. All diuretics increase the excretion of water from bodies, although each class does so in a distinct way.
Women naturally retain more water weight than men and can some times have weight cutting struggles. Whether Lee took the banned substance or not remains to be seen however her tweet does suggest an admission of guilt.
MMAFighting.com is reporting that Lee’s urine test came back positive for the substances canrenone and/or spironolactone.
Lee has been temporarily suspended until a hearing is held. Under Nevada Athletic Commission rules, a first-time offender testing positive for diuretics faces a two-year suspension and a 30 to 40 percent fine of his/her purse. Lee earned a disclosed $3,000 payday at Invicta FC 16.
Invicta FC Statement on Andrea Lee posted to Invicta website
“On Thursday, March 31, Invicta Fighting Championships was notified by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) that flyweight fighter Andrea Lee tested positive for the presence of prohibited diuretics in her pre-fight drug test at Invicta FC 16.
As a result of the positive test, Lee’s license has been temporarily suspended by NAC with a disciplinary hearing forthcoming. Invicta FC will fully cooperate with the NAC on the matter and supports Lee’s right to due process.
Invicta FC consistently informs its athletes about established policies and expectations in regard to conduct, including the strictly prohibited use of performance enhancing drugs, stimulants and masking agents. This positive test represents a violation of those policies.”