USADA announced today that Jeffery Miller of Louisville, Ky., an athlete in the sport of cycling, has accepted a six-year sanction for his anti-doping rule violations. Due to Miller’s cooperation in an investigation of another athlete, the sanction has been reduced to four years.
Miller, 44, voluntarily admitted that, from 2015 to 2016, he possessed and used three prohibited substances: testosterone, human growth hormone (hGH), and oxandrolone. Testosterone and oxandrolone are non-Specified substances in the class of Anabolic Agents, while hGH is a non-Specified substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics. These substances are prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the Union Cycliste International (UCI) Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.
In addition to possessing and using prohibited substances, Miller is being sanctioned for administration and complicity under Articles 2.8 and 2.9 of the Code after admitting that he facilitated the use of prohibited substances by another athlete. Under the Code, an individual who commits an administration violation is subject to a period of ineligibility of four years to life.
Due to Miller’s voluntary admission of his anti-doping rule violations, cooperation, and substantial assistance in uncovering and establishing another athlete committed anti-doping rule violations, Miller was eligible for, and received, a reduced sanction under the Code. Miller’s four-year period of ineligibility began on November 15, 2016, the date he admitted his anti-doping rule violations. In addition, Miller has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to January 1, 2015, the approximate date he first purchased a prohibited substance, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
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