Suspended agent plans appeal to CAS

Updated: March 22, 2011, 6:03 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Track coach and agent Mark Block is preparing an appeal of his 10-year, doping-related suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Last week, an arbitration panel suspended Block for 10 years after finding he trafficked in drugs supplied by the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative and provided them to his wife, sprinter Zhanna Block.

A statement issued by Block's attorney Tuesday says the panel was incorrect in finding Block engaged in drug trafficking.

The statement says the decision "misstated the evidence" and that a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's press release announcing the suspension "compounded the error by overstating the decision."

USADA responded by saying, "Anyone who has read the panel's full, detailed decision can see that USADA's announcement is entirely consistent with the panel's ruling."

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