2018 Vegas Shoot Champion Loses Title for Doping Violation

A big twist of events leaves a new champion in place for the 2018 Vegas Shoot after the previous Vegas Shoot Champion loses title for doping violation. Christopher Perkins, Athens, Ontario, has been named the winner of the 2018 Vegas Shoot’s Championship Compound Open division following the disqualification of Bob Eyler of Dundee, Michigan. USADA announced today that an arbitrator from the American Arbitration Association (AAA) has rendered a decision in the case of archery athlete Bob Eyler, of Dundee, Mich., and has determined that Eyler should receive a two-year sanction after testing positive for two prohibited substances at the Vegas Shoot on February 11, 2018, which is organized by the National Field Archery Association.

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Eyler will also forfeit the $52,000 in prize money following his disqualification.

Eyler, 39, tested positive for propranolol and carboxy-tetrahydrocannabinol (carboxy-THC), the urinary metabolite of THC, the principal psychoactive constituent of marijuana and/or hashish, above the decision limit of 180 ng/mL, as a result of a urine sample collected in-competition on February 11, 2018, after winning the Vegas Shoot. Propranolol is a Specified Substance in the category of Beta Blockers and prohibited at all times in the sports of shooting and archery. Marijuana and hashish are Specified Substances in the class of Cannabinoids and prohibited in-competition under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the World Archery Federation Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. After a full evidentiary hearing, the independent arbitrator imposed a two-year period of ineligibility because Eyler did not familiarize himself with the applicable rules prior to competing. The arbitrator noted that if pleading lack of familiarity with the rules was a valid excuse, then the anti-doping rules would be meaningless.

Eyler’s two-year period of ineligibility began on September 28, 2018, the date his sanction was imposed. As a result of the doping violation, Eyler’s competitive results obtained on and subsequent to February 11, 2018, the date his positive sample was collected, have been disqualified, and any medals, points, and prizes are forfeited. Accordingly, Eyler’s results have been disqualified from the Vegas Shoot, the Indoor NFAA Nationals held on March 10-11, 2018, and an Archery Shooter’s Association event in London, Kentucky held on May 31, 2018. Eyler also forfeits $52,000 in prize money from the Vegas Shoot.

 

Comments

  1. This is absolutely ridiculous.

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    • Why Bryson?

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    • Ridiculous in what sense? That he did not avail himself to the rules or that he got busted and lost the title. Are the restrictions too much?

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  2. The crazy thing with thc-A and thc-B is he could of used it a month earlier and tested positive. Stupid

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  3. Paul Blackburn says:

    People with medical reason for using the medicines without the HTC IN IT. Are they allowed to shoot? People with Glocuma. I don’t think weed would make one shoot any better.

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    • Paul Blackburn says:

      If he was smoking weed, It wouldn’t bother me a bit. I might have one with him. Not really! Lol! Real weed don’t make you crazy. Just exactly what was the marijuana supposed to improve to give him an unfair advantage? Nothing.

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  4. Rules are rules and are their for a reason for safety in shooting sports! Would you want someone shooting a bow or a gun that is high? I just wonder if he thinks it was worth it to loose his tittle and all winnings because of his careless actions!

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    • Paul Blackburn says:

      Rules are rules. If you are gerrymandering, setting up rules to make it harder for some people to vote, and easier for you to win – for example. Those are rules but they are illegal, But Kemp in Georgia is holding up 53 K black voters. To keep them from voting. There are rules, and there are bad rules. We are allowed to smoke weed in many states. It won’t be long that we will be allowed to smoke weed in all states. Just like alcohol. How ever, I wouldn’t want to be around a drunk doing anything. By the way did you test anyone alcohol? I think not. I think you guys should give this man’s trophy back. Along with the check he won fair and square. How ever. and apologize for robbing this man with a rule that only handicaps the shooter.

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      • Common sense says:

        Wow, way to totally shift the blame and focus from archery to politics. Go smoke your dope, or should I say go smoke your pot- you dope

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  5. Lol that’s just straight funny. Karma gotta love it. Could of had $52,000 but he had to get high. Now he has a reason to get high lol. Oh well he probably would of just used it for drugs

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    • Paul Blackburn says:

      Hey Dude, you sound like you are jealous. The hard work it took this man to get this good, to beat all those opponents, is something that I know you don’t have. You think this man is a drug addict. Nothing could be farther from the truth. So until you win. LOL! That will never happen. If in a blue moon that happens, Just hope you are not the victim of some archaic rule,

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  6. Mathew says:

    Oh man. I would trust my life with someone that was high over someone overthinking every little detail. And I don’t even smoke the stuff. It’s 2018 ppl it’s gonna be legal soon. Then what?

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  7. No matter if it is mlb, cycling, nfl, or mma- all professional athletes need to operate as pros. Practice, event prep, health/fitness, sport specific training, etc. Knowing what is and is not allowed regardinging drugs is an expectation. My opinion- weed is weed, similar to beer and nicotine. The beta blockers are to achieve a competitive advantage, lower heart rate, and should be viewed as cheating.

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    • Paul Blackburn says:

      What you been smoking?

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      • Paul Blackburn says:

        What competitive edge will weed give anyone? A strong sense of humor. The munchies. You are in the east looking for a sunset with that rational.

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        • I’m not saying the weed is the problem. I’m saying the beta blockers are the problem. They are used to reduce the physical response to stress (lower the heart rate, reduces adrenaline, reduces cortisol, etc.). This would defined help someone shoot better under tournament stress.

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  8. shawn bartley says:

    This is silly. He won it fair and square. No amount of drugs can help you shoot an arrow perfectly for 120 shots!!! Why would there be doping in Archery? It doesnt make sense. I think it is just a ploy to attack a small time guy and a small time manufacturer.

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  9. Craig Nowlan says:

    It’s not an attack on a small time guy. The rules were there and he did not bother to read the rules. Plain and simple. The THC taken for medical reasons has the component removed that would allow one to get high from it. So, a person on medicinal marijuana should be allowed to participate. Those who roll a fatty or smoke a bowl should not. Would any of you want to be in the woods with someone who is stoned out there? You shouldn’t. I think marijuana should be legalized but I don’t think someone should be able to drive or use a weapon while influenced. But, just because there is some in your system does not mean they are influencing you. Obviously he could shoot and shoot well. The rule, however, is that any level in your system is a violation. How about testing and getting the results before the competition and following the rules.

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    • Paul Blackburn says:

      Who are you to say, – if one should drink or smoke. According to you. The THC would make you so high that you would be impaired. You – yourself, couldn’t hit enough small X’s to get that far and you wasn’t smoking. You are just another wanta be; jumping on the band wagon to tear this man down. When what he did is not a crime or a violation. Like the song said, ” Some people get their kicks from stepping on dreams. ” None-the -less, also, like the song said; I’m not going to let it get me down. I hope it won’t let it get him down too! Suspending this man for two years? Are you crazy? What the %&# are you people doing ? Trying to make an example out of this man. You should be ashamed.

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  10. The Good Lord knows I’m no saint and I’ve made many mistakes, and I know so my heart goes out to this fella. Money or no money he did good shooting a bow. Heres to ya!

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  11. Good points.

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