September 26, 2006
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that James Mortenson of Eagle, Colo., an athlete in the sport of cycling, received a two-year suspension for a doping violation.
As a member of the USADA Out-of-Competition (OOC) Testing Program for the sport of cycling, Mortenson, 31, is required to provide his whereabouts information to USADA quarterly. Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic Movement Testing and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Anti-Doping Policies which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code, noncompliance with the applicable requirements regarding athlete availability for OOC Testing, including failure to provide required whereabouts information and failure to be available for testing, constitutes an anti-doping violation.
Following a hearing before the American Arbitration Association (AAA)/North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the three-member panel determined that Mortenson was guilty of an anti-doping violation for accruing three missed tests in an 18-month period and imposed a two-year period of ineligibility commencing on August 22, 2006, the date of the hearing. The AAA/CAS panel found that Montenson received missed tests for failing to submit his whereabouts information and for failing to appear for the OOC testing attempt on October 22, 2005, “despite his knowledge that he was in violation of the testing rules.”
Additionally, all competitive results achieved by Mortenson subsequent to October 22, 2005, the day of his last missed test, were disqualified. USA Cycling, the national governing body for that sport, will carry out the sanction.
“During the first three quarters of 2006, 95% of the approximately 2,700 U.S. athletes in the USADA Out-of-Competition Testing Program have been compliant and are timely in submitting their whereabouts information,” said Terry Madden, USADA Chief Executive Officer. “However, this is a tough reminder to all athletes that they must make themselves available for testing or suffer the consequences.”
USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.