American Jones receives two-year ban

Updated: April 27, 2010, 12:22 AM ET
Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Bobsledder Randy Jones, who won a silver medal in the 2002 Olympics, has been suspended for two years for refusing to take an out-of-competition doping test.

Jones declined to provide a sample on Jan. 26, and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced the ban on Monday.

"I regret that my failure to understand the rules led me to refuse to provide a sample when requested because I thought I could state that I was retired and provide retirement paperwork later," Jones, 40, of Mabelton, Ga., said in the USADA's release.

"I now understand that it is every athlete's responsibility to provide a sample when requested to do so unless that athlete has previously retired and completed the required retirement paperwork."

Jones, whose ban started Saturday, teamed with Todd Hays, Bill Schuffenhauer and Garrett Hines to finish second in the four-man competition in the Salt Lake City Olympics.


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