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Old 22-08-06, 11:27 PM   #1
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Gatlin banned for 8 years

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World and Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin has accepted an eight-year ban for failing a doping test.

The American sprinter has avoided a lifetime penalty in exchange for co-operating with doping authorities in the fight against drugs in sport.

The positive test was the second of 24-year-old Gatlin's career.

The US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) said the "exceptional circumstances" surrounding his first positive test were also taken into account.

Gatlin's first offence came when he was in college.

It was accepted that medicine he was taking to control attention-deficit disorder was the reason for the failed test.


He has an opportunity to go to a panel of arbitrators and argue exceptional circumstances
Usada's Travis Tygart

Under the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) code a second ban should result in a lifetime ban unless the athlete can produce a compelling reason to have it reduced.

Gatlin's second positive test was for testosterone at a meeting in Kansas in April.

In making the agreement with the Usada, Gatlin can still appeal to an arbitration panel in the next six months to have the penalty reduced.

However, if he does so he will not be able to argue that the test was faulty.

"To his credit, it's recognition that the science is reliable," said Usada general counsel Travis Tygart.

"Instead of wasting a bunch of resources attempting to create smoke where there's not any, he's acknowledging the accuracy of the positive test.

"In exchange for his agreement to cooperate, we've recognised the nature of his first offence."

Despite his youth the eight-year ban all but ends Gatlin's career, unless he can have it further reduced during arbitration.

"He accepted liability," said Tygart. "He agreed not to raise technical arguments or frivolous defences.

"He has an opportunity to go to a panel of arbitrators and argue exceptional circumstances."
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Old 22-08-06, 11:29 PM   #2
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Good. Athletics bores the life out of me for this very reason.

I can associate no integrity with it any more - therefore i give it no time (except for this post of course).
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Old 22-08-06, 11:31 PM   #3
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The sport is now a complete farce.
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Old 22-08-06, 11:45 PM   #4
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Athletics appears to be full of cheating moherfuckers.

It's nice to see that the top level American athlets are now being found out.

Alot of their major sports [Basball, American Football] have had very serious steriod issues in the past and only in the last year or so are they starting to address them.
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Old 23-08-06, 12:19 AM   #5
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Does anyone else think that seeing as the vast majority of them seem to be at it, they should just take doping controls away completely and have a free for all? Or maybe "drugged up" and "clean" circuiits
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Old 23-08-06, 02:13 AM   #6
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He'll be ok, he'll be just the right person for being a fast wide receiver at some NFL club, and it will happen, of course he will fit right in!
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Old 23-08-06, 10:06 AM   #7
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There is no way that the sport can ever become clean. They might as well allow drug use - that way we can see some real freaks racing sub 9 second 100m races.

I'd pay to watch that!
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Old 23-08-06, 10:13 AM   #8
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I think it's only really sprinters and weight lifters/shot put who have the real problems. What possible reason could he have for the unusual high levels of testosterone? The only one could be to cheat and gain an advantage over the other athletes. Why he hasn't been banned for life is beyond me, Shaggy is right, it's a joke.
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Old 23-08-06, 10:31 AM   #9
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What possible reason could he have for the unusual high levels of testosterone?
He came off the pill?
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Old 23-08-06, 10:32 AM   #10
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He came off the pill?
Wouldn't give you abnormally high levels though would it?
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Wouldn't give you abnormally high levels though would it?
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Old 23-08-06, 02:08 PM   #12
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Marion Jones was caught drugged up again the other day. So many of them are on it now
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Old 24-08-06, 06:44 AM   #13
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I agree with that! Drugs should be allowed as a supplement to training because banning it is futile and only create confusions and suspicions in the sport.


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There is no way that the sport can ever become clean. They might as well allow drug use - that way we can see some real freaks racing sub 9 second 100m races.

I'd pay to watch that!
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