Independent Panel Issues 21-Month Suspension To U.S. Track and Field Athlete, Merritt, For Doping Offense

October 18, 2010 USADA announced today that an independent, three-member American Arbitration Association (AAA) panel issued its decision that LaShawn Merritt, an athlete in the sport of Track & Field, committed a doping violation and will receive a suspension for the offense. Merritt, 24, of Norfolk, Virginia, provided out-of-competition urine samples on October 28, 2009,…