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Tyler Hamilton Doping Case In Final Stages

January 10, 2006 – As reported by Agence France Presse Tyler Hamilton had a hearing today in Denver, Colorado at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) where he is trying to clear his name after receiving a two-year suspension in April 2004 from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Hamilton tested positive for blood transfusions during the Vuelta a España in September 2004, only weeks after he’d won Olympic gold in Athens, Greece.

In Athens Hamilton was tested as well and his intial sample tested positive for blood doping, but his B sample was destroyed when it was mistakenly frozen. The IOC (International Olympic Committee) ruled that it could not strip Hamilton of his medal without a B sample as a back-up test.

Hamilton maintains that the Vuelta test used to determine blood doping is not a reliable anti-doping test and hopes the CAS will overturn the ban after it reviews the matter, which could take several weeks.

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