USADA: Track and Field Athlete Receives One-Year Sanction for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

Feb. 01, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 1, 2008) The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that an independent arbitrator from the American Arbitration Association (AAA)/North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled that Eric Thompson of Herrin, Illinois, an athlete in the sport of track and field, committed an anti-doping rule violation. Thompson received a one-year suspension for his first doping offense. Thompson, 19, tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, at the USA Junior National Track , Field Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana, on June 21, 2007. Benzoylecgonine is prohibited in the class of stimulants under the rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and USADA, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. Thompson's one-year period of ineligibility begins July 18, 2007, the date he accepted a provisional suspension. Additionally, Thompson is disqualified from all competitive results, medals, points and prizes obtained on or subsequent to June 21, 2007, including his second-place finish in the high jump at the Junior National Championship. USA Track , Field, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, will carry out the sanction. The AAA/CAS decision can be found on USADA's Web site at USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.