posted on Feb, 16 2004 @ 07:05 PM
Those who told the truth could be in trouble, too. Olympic athletes who admitted to grand jurors that they took steroids and other banned drugs would
not be prosecuted in court, but they could be suspended from competition -- even if they never failed a drug test.
Section 9 of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's protocol gives that agency the authority to bring a drug case against an athlete in lieu of a positive drug
test "when USADA has other reason to believe that a potential doping violation has occurred, such as admitted doping."
In such cases, the protocol document says the USADA would initiate the case and send it to a three-member USADA review board for consideration.
The USADA covers anti-doping issues for U.S. Olympic athletes, including those in sports such as track and field. NFL and baseball players wouldn't
face USADA sanctions, except in the case of baseball players who also participate in international tournaments. But such sanctions would not extend to
major league games.