The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced Monday that an athlete in the sport of sailing, accepted a two-year suspension for refusing to take part in a USADA out-of-competition test on Aug. 9, 2003 in Miami.
The 35 year old sailor accepted a two-year suspension from all sanctioned competition under the rules of International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the sport's international federation beginning on Oct. 8, 2003, the date of his acceptance of the sanction.
US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, will carry out the sanction. (N.B. Ref: ISAF Regulation 19.2 - ISAF Eligibility Rule) Prior to the attempted test, the sailor intended to retire from the sport of sailing but had not provided proper written notice of his retirement. Subsequent to the attempted test, the sailor did properly retire from the sport of sailing.
This is the 21st announcement issued by USADA in 2003. USADA became the independent anti-doping agency for U.S. Olympic, Pan Am and Paralympic athletes in October 2000. USADA is the independent anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States, and is responsible for managing the testing and adjudication process for U.S. Olympic, Pan Am and Paralympic athletes.
USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.
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