• Crawford Banned For Doping Rule Violation

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The 2004 Athens Olympics 200m champion Shawn Crawford of the United Statesa has received a two-year ban for committing an anti-doping rule violation in which he failed to file his whereabouts information.

The 35-year old athlete, was a member of the USADA National Testing Pool from 2001 through the beginning of 2013, which consists of a select group of athletes subject to certain whereabouts requirements in order to be located for USADA Out-of-Competition testing. Crawford failed to provide three whereabouts in 18-month period and as a result recieved the suspension.

Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”), the combination of three Whereabouts Failures within an 18-month period constitutes a rule violation. A Whereabouts Failure for National Testing Pool athletes includes failure to provide required quarterly whereabouts filings and/or failure to be available for testing due to inaccurate or incomplete information provided by the athlete.

Crawford’s two-year period of ineligibility, began on April 17, 2013, the date he received the sanction. As a result of the violation, Crawford has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to November 17, 2012 the date of his third Whereabouts Failure, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

Crawfrod, besides winning Gold at the Athens Olympics, won silver at Athens Olympics 4x100m relay team. In 2001 he took world indoor title in 200m and won bronze in the world outdoor championships. In 2004 he took third in 60m dash at the world indoor championships.

At the 2012 USA Olympic Trials in Eugene Oregon Crawfrod finishished in 7th place at the 200m finaling to make the USA team for London Olympics.

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