US Paralympic Cyclist Given Three-month Doping Ban
    2012-08-22 12:54:22     China Daily/Agencies      Web Editor: sunwanming
US Paralympic cyclist Monica Bascio has been banned for three months after testing positive for a prohibited substance, US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Wednesday.


The American Paralympic cyclist Monica Bascio tested positive for a prohibited substance. [Photo: Agencies]


The American Paralympic cyclist Monica Bascio has been given a three-month ban after testing positive for a prohibited substance, the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) said on Wednesday.


According to Usada, Bascio accepted a sanction for her anti-doping rule violation. A Usada statement said: "Bascio's three-month period of ineligibility began on 26 May 2012." Bascio has thus been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and since 25 May, the day before she failed a doping test.


The London 2012 Paralympic Games begin on 29 August and run to 9 September. Bascio, who skied for the US at the 2006 and 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, was last month selected for the US team.


The 42-year-old from Colorado, a 15-time US handcycling champion, tested positive for tuaminoheptane during a UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup event in Rome, after taking an over-the-counter medication which contained the prohibited substance.


Usada said tuaminoheptane was classified as a "specified substance". A reduced sanction can be applied when the athlete can "establish the source of the substance and prove there was no intent to enhance sport performance or mask the use of a performance-enhancing substance".


The USA won 14 cycling medals, five of them gold, at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.


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