Duane Dickey gets lifetime ban
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has issued a lifetime ban to cyclist Duane Dickey for a second violation for his use and possession of the banned endurance-boosting hormone EPO and his refusal to give a sample for testing.
USADA announced Friday that Dickey's ban began Sept. 1, the day the Cokato, Minn., rider accepted the punishment. He was also disqualified from all competitions since April 2, 2007, the date of his first anti-doping rule violation, and ordered to forfeit any medals, points and prizes.
Dickey, who refused to participate in an out-of-competition test on May 11, was previously suspended for one year in 2002 after testing positive for banned substances including nandrolone in a sample taken at the Tour of Guatemala in 2001.
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