Cas says ‘close to zero’ probability burrito led to Shelby Houlihan’s failed drugs test

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Sean Ingle

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  • US athlete banned for four years in June after positive test
  • Houlihan said she ingested nandrolone from contaminated food

The probability that a contaminated pork burrito led to the US Olympic 1500m medal prospect Shelby Houlihan’s failed drugs test is “very close to zero”, the court of arbitration for sport has ruled.

In a 44-page verdict, which outlined the reasons why Houlihan was banned for four years in June, Cas said her claim she had unwittingly ingested the banned substance nandrolone by eating the meat of an uncastrated boar from a Mexican food truck “simply cannot be accepted”.

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