Track athlete suspended for one year for doping violation

Updated: May 23, 2006, 4:51 AM ET
Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Hurdler Rickey Harris had his suspension for a banned substance reduced from two years to one after an arbitration panel determined he was not significantly at fault.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency announced Monday that Harris' positive test was a result of prescription medication, but he didn't have a prior exemption to use it. Harris, of Centreville, Va., tested positive for a prohibited amphetamine at the Adidas Track Classic on May 22, 2005, in Carson, Calif.

The agency said an athlete who provides documentation in advance of competition showing a valid medical need for an amphetamine may receive an exemption allowing its use.

The American Arbitration Association/North American Court of Arbitration for Sport panel determined Harris, 24, was not significantly at fault for the violation and reduced his suspension, which ended Sunday.

Harris forfeited all competitive results between May 22, 2005, and Aug. 31, including a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the Adidas meet.


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