Paralympic track and field athlete accepts sanction

Matthew Brown of Idalou, Texas, an athlete in the sport of Paralympic track and field, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, according to a statement by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA).

The 35-year-old accepted a suspension for his doping offense after testing positive for tetrahydrocannabinol acid, a marijuana metabolite in the class of Cannabinoids, in a sample collected on June 17, 2011 at the 2011 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field National Championships in Miramar.

Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA Prohibited List, cannabinoids are prohibited and listed as Specified Substances as they can be susceptible to a credible non-doping explanation, and therefore use of those substances can result in a reduced sanction. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said in cases involving marijuana there could be a “credible non-doping explanation.”

A three-month period of ineligibility was accepted by Brown that began on July 12, 2011, the day he accepted the sanction. The ineligibility period was suspended and reduced to time served, upon his successful completion of a USADA anti-doping educational program, which he completed on July 14, 2011.

Brown has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved at the 2011 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Championships, where his sample was collected, through and including the date the doping education program was completed, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes as a result of the doping violation.

The former Wildcats standout and current Wildcats assistant coach earned a spot on the U.S. Paralympic track and field team. Brown finished first in the discus and second in the shot put at the U.S. National Championships in Atlanta. Matthew Brown competes with a prosthetic left leg after a pipeline explosion some years ago severed his leg below the knee while working on a gas well in Fort Worth. Brown returned to Idalou after the accident and the former Class 2A state discus champion soon began working as a volunteer coach for the Wildcats shot put and discus throwers. Matthew Brown quickly became one of the top Paralympic throwers in the country as he showed at the national championships and set North American and South American records in both the discus (143-6) and the shot put (41-9).

Brown won a gold medal in discus and a bronze in the shot put at the 2007 Parapan American Games and finished fourth in the men’s discus F42 when he made his first Paralympic Games appearance in Beijing. Brown played college football for two years and was an All-American in track and field and graduated from Wayland Baptist University (Plainview, Texas) with a degree in education. He was an All-State tight end in football, an All-District center in basketball and a two-time state champion in shot put/discus. Some of his major achievements included 2011 Gold medal in discus (F42), gold in discus at the 2007 Parapan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a bronze in shot put at the 2007 Parapan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Paralympic Track and Field Athlete Accepts Sanction

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