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Rodgers banned for doping

United States sprinter Mike Rodgers accepted a nine-month ban for a failed drug test but will still...

Sport

United States sprinter Mike Rodgers accepted a nine-month ban for a failed drug test but will still compete in the London Olympics if he qualifies, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Thursday.

The former American 100 m champion tested positive at an event in Italy last July and was banned.

The 26-year-old US world indoor 60 m silver medalist originally said the banned stimulant was in a drink he had at a club in Italy. 

USADA said Rodgers, the second fastest American and seventh fastest globally last year at 100 m gave "inaccurate and misleading testimony" at his hearing but eventually agreed to his ban before the arbitration panel could act upon it.


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