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US Cycling Athlete Accepts Suspension for Doping Violation

October 8, 2008

USADA announced today that Ricardo Hernandez of Miami, FL, an athlete in the sport of cycling, tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for his doping offense.

Hernandez, 42, tested positive for exogenous testosterone, an anabolic agent, which is prohibited under the USADA Protocol and the rules of the Union Cycliste Internationale, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Hernandez accepted a 2-year period of ineligibility starting on September 15, 2008, the date of his acceptance. As a result of Mr. Hernandez’s doping violation, he has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to March 2, 2008, the date his urine sample was collected at the Vuelta Independencia National, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

In an effort to aid athletes, as well as all support team members such as parents and coaches, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on its website at usada.org on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance- enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited Substance Guide, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and complete athlete toolkits.

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.

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