American sprinter Rodgers banned for doping

Washington, March 2: The United States Anti-Doping Agency has announced that American sprinter Michael Rodgers was banned for nine months after failing a drug test at a track meet last year in Italy.

The 2009 US champion in the 100 metres tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

As Rodgers’ suspension was retroactive to last July when he failed the test, he will be allowed to resume competition in about 10 weeks. He still has a chance to take part in the US Olympic trials to get himself a spot on the American team at the London Games.

US doping officials said Thursday Rodgers first lied to the investigative panel but then confessed that he took a banned substance.

“Rodgers originally requested a hearing in front of independent American Arbitration Association (AAA) panel, at which he provided inaccurate and misleading testimony,” US Anti-Doping Agency was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

“However, before the false testimony was acted upon by the arbitration panel, Rodgers came forward, acknowledged the truth to the US Anti-Doping Agency.”