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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 19, 2004) - The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced Tuesday that Alvin Harrison of Raleigh, N.C., an athlete in the sport of track and field, accepted a four-year suspension for his drug violations.
Harriso, 30, was
charged by USADA with multiple violations of the International Association of
Athletics Federations (IAAF) anti-doping rules based, in part, on documentary
evidence received by USADA from the U.S. Senate in May of 2004. The evidence
Following the review of this evidence and on the
advice of counsel,
This is the second non-analytical positive case involving athletes associated with BALCO resolved by USADA this year. Additionally, 10 athletes have received sanctions for testing positive for THG or modafinil, two of the drugs linked to BALCO. In four of the 10 cases, independent arbitration panels issued the sanctions following full evidentiary hearings, none of which were appealed by the athletes. In the other six cases, the athletes, with the assistance of counsel, accepted the sanction recommended by USADA for their respective drug violations.
“We said a year ago that the situation at BALCO appeared
to be doping of the worst sort. Unfortunately, this has proven to be true. USADA
is thankful for the steadfast support of the clean athletes, the U.S. Senate,
the USOC and the IAAF as we continue our efforts to protect the rights of clean
athletes and seek justice for those who have cheated their fellow competitors
and defrauded the public,” said USADA Chief Executive Officer
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USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.
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