By VeloNews Interactive
Adham Sbeih tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) at the U.S. Elite Track National Championships August 26 in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The USOC announced Tuesday that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s review board had found that “sufficient evidence of doping exists to proceed further in seven cases,” including Sbeih’s.
The 30-year-old Sacramento resident, who raced for Sierra Nevada-Clif Bar in 2003, won the individual pursuit at this year’s nationals and rode on the championship-winning team-pursuit squad. He and the six others, all track-and-field athletes, are disputing USADA’S findings.
“I have no idea at this time how or why I tested positive, and am investigating all possible causes,” Sbeih said in a statement released by California attorney Howard Jacobs. “All I know is that I have never taken EPO, or any other substance that is banned by the International Olympic Committee. All of my results have been the result of a lot of hard work and dedication.”
If Sbeih’s challenge proves unsuccessful, he could be suspended for up to two years, Jacobs said.