June 3, 2008
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that Roger Lee of Winter Park, Colorado, an athlete in the sport of Paralympic Alpine Skiing, tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a suspension for his first doping offense. The doping offense involved the use of a prescribed medication under the care of a physician but without first seeking a therapeutic use exemption as required by the applicable rules.
Lee, 45, tested positive for Chlorothiazide and Hydrochlorothiazide on August 31, 2007, detected in a sample collected as part of the USADA Out-of-Competition Testing Program. Chlorothiazide and Hydrochlorothiazide are prohibited by the USADA Protocol and the rules of the International Paralympic Committee, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. Both substances are listed in the class of diuretics and other masking agents on the WADA Prohibited List.
Lee accepted a one-year period of ineligibility, beginning on September 14, 2007. As a result of the doping violation, Lee has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved since August 31, 2007.
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