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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Graham admits he turned in THG syringe to USADA

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posted on Aug, 23 2004 @ 09:39 AM
Trevor Graham admitted Sunday night he was the coach who anonymously sent a syringe of THG to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, a key piece of evidence that has helped lead to suspensions and possible lifetime bans against several athletes.

"I was just a coach doing the right thing at the time," Graham said after one of his star pupils, Justin Gatlin, won the 100-meter gold medal. "I have no regrets."

Graham did not say why he turned in the syringe, which allowed chemists to unmask the previously undetectable steroid, or how he got the material.

Several of Graham's athletes have tested positive for steroids and other banned substances, but he has denied ever giving drugs to his sprinters. He has been questioned by U.S. authorities in the case involving the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO, which supplies nutritional supplements to top athletes. Graham has not been identified as a target.

He is the former coach of Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery. Jones is under investigation by USADA and Montgomery is charged with steroid use and faces a lifetime ban if found guilty. Graham also has coached Alvin Harrison and Michelle Collins, who face life suspensions if found guilty of steroid use.

Federal officials have said the THG came from BALCO, which at the time already was being investigated by federal agents for possible tax violations. Once authorities made the connection, the BALCO investigation gathered speed.

It has led to criminal charges against four men, including BALCO founder Victor Conte, track coach Remy Korchemny and the trainer of baseball star Barry Bonds. All four men have pleaded innocent and await trial.

Five top track and field athletes, four Americans and British sprinter Dwain Chambers, have tested positive for THG and been suspended for a minimum of two years each. Former world champion sprinter Kelli White was suspended after admitting use of THG and other banned drugs.

Also, based on evidence gathered by the BALCO grand jury, turned over to the U.S. Congress and forwarded to USADA, Montgomery, Collins, Harrison and Chryste Gaines have been charged with steroid use and could be banned from the sport. All have denied using drugs.

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