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 EspaÃ±a 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.