November 29, 2006
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that Matthew Bell of Presque Isle, Maine, an athlete in the sport of Paralympic alpine skiing, received a two-year period of ineligibility for an anti-doping rules violation.
As a member of the USADA Out-of-Competition (OOC) Testing Program for the sport of Paralympic alpine skiing, Bell, 26, 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 rules violation.
Bell’s two-year period of ineligibility begins on November 10, 2006. Additionally, Bell is disqualified from all competitive results achieved subsequent to July 1, 2006, the day of his third missed test. U.S. Paralympics will carry out the sanction.
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.