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Canadian wheelchair racer Adams cleared after testing positive for cocaine

TORONTO -- Canadian wheelchair racer Jeff Adams, a six-time world champion, was cleared by the highest tribunal of sports after testing positive for cocaine, his lawyer said.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland ruled unanimously, according to lawyer Tim Danson.

"In what can only be characterized as a total vindication," Danson said the three-judge panel concluded that there was no prohibited substance in Adams' system at the time of the competition or at the time he was drug tested.

Adams was suspended for two years for his failed drug test at the 2006 Canadian wheelchair marathon championships in Ottawa.

The four-time Paralympian appealed to the CAS, contending the drug got into his system involuntarily and he was the victim of a contaminated catheter.

Adams had been eligible for reinstatement in August.

Adams scheduled a news conference Tuesday in Toronto where he planned to announce whether he'll attempt to qualify for the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.

Adams is one of the world's most recognizable wheelchair athletes and a crusader for Paralympic sports. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he won five medals, including two gold.