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Richard Meeker, the U.S. masters racer that tested positive for a banned substance last year and has since been suspended for two years, claims he is the victim of a tainted supplement.
Meeker says he has the proof.
Meeker’s attorney Howard Jacobs, who represented such athletes as Floyd Landis and Marion Jones in their own doping cases, released a statement to the media that says Meeker discovered which supplement contained 19-norandrostenediol. This is an anabolic steroid prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The statement says that Meeker tested numerous supplements he had been taking and kept the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency updated of his progress. He shared with the governing body the final results but was suspended for two years for the doping violation, it was announced on Tuesday.
“I was shocked to learn of the finding of this sanction, as I have always been a proponent of clean sport and have never knowingly taken any prohibited substances,” the 51-year-old said. “Cycling is my hobby, not my career, and it would make no sense for me to use an illegal substance.”
Meeker, who lives in Corona Del Mar, California, provided a urine sample on September 6, 2012 after competing in the masters road championships in Oregon. The sample came back positive for the steroid.
The American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport reviewed the case and found that, according to USADA, Meeker “had failed to establish the source of the prohibited substance in his sample.”
Meeker was stripped of all results dating back to the masters road championships. He’ll be eligible to return to racing next fall.
“I will return to amateur cycling competition in September 2014, and will prove through my results that I have always raced clean,” Meeker said.