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U.S. Track Athlete Byrd Accepts Provisional Suspension From U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

a track athlete running past quickly with a batonThe United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced Wednesday that Dominic Byrd of Houston, an athlete in the sport of track and field, tested positive at the USA Team Trials  on Apr. 4, 2004 in Overland Park, Kan.

He tested positive for amphetamine, a prohibited stimulant under the rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which is the international federation for the sport of track and field.  Byrd finished fifth in the Junior Men’s 10 km Race Walk at the USA Team Trials.

Byrd, 18, accepted and began serving the provisional suspension on June 19, 2004.  By accepting the provisional suspension, Byrd agreed not to compete in any competitions under the jurisdiction of IAAF, USA Track and Field or the United States Olympic Committee, pending the resolution of his case.

He will receive credit for the period of the time he has served the provisional suspension should a doping violation ultimately be determined by an arbitration panel.  According to IAAF rules, if Byrd did not accept the provisional sanction, any suspension he might receive would begin on the date of the decision of the arbitration panel.

USADA became the independent anti-doping agency for U.S. Olympic, Pan Am and Paralympic athletes on Oct. 2, 2000. USADA is the independent anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States, and is responsible for managing the testing and adjudication process for U.S. Olympic, Pan Am and Paralympic athletes. USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

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