Cooper Complete Nutritional Supplements has pulled the Cooper Complete Elite Athlete Multivitamin from its website. The supplement is the one that American National Team swimmer Madisyn Cox has blamed for a positive doping test earlier this year.
The product description read:
“The Cooper Complete® Elite Athlete Multivitamin & Mineral Supplement is designed to give elite or ultra-athletes, including marathoners, triathletes and those who exercise 5+ hours per week at 80% of their maximal heart rate, the supplements they need to perform their best.”
The company still lists 8 other products on its multivitamin page, along with a number of other nutritional supplements.
Cox was originally suspended in July for 2 years after testing positive in an out-of-competition screening for trace amounts of Trimetazidine, which is not approved in the United States. Cox initially suspected that it was caused by contaminated tap water, but further testing showed that a nutritional supplement (which she says she’s been taking for 7 years and has listed on her doping control forms) had trace amounts of the same substance – which wasn’t listed on the label. After presenting her evidence in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, her suspension was reduced to 6 months.
That supplement was the Cooper Complete Elite Athlete multivitamin.
When her suspension was first reduced, we asked Cox if she intended to pursue a civil case against the company, she said that “we are currently taking everything one step at a time,” and was non-committal on any legal action.
Olivier Leroy contributed to this report.