Michael Rodgers Accepts Nine-Month Ban

US Sprinter Michael Rodgers has accepted a ban of nine months after he failed to clear a drug test. An athlete in the sport of Track & Field, Rodgers of Hutto, Texas tested positive for methylhexaneamine (dimethylpentylamine).

The 26-year-old sprinter tested positive during an in-competition urine sample collected at the Sport e Solidarieta event on July 19, 2011, in Lignano, Italy. Stimulants like methylhexaneamine are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic Movement Testing and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

The 2009 national champion in the 100 meters, Michael Rodgers, was eligible for the Olympic trials and a spot on the U.S. team in London. The American sprinter accepted a nine-month period of ineligibility, beginning on July 19, 2011 the day his urine sample was collected. As a result of this sanction, the sprinter is disqualified from any and all results obtained on and subsequent to July 19, 2011, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes. The sprinter originally made a request for a hearing in front of independent American Arbitration Association (AAA) panel at which Rodgers offered an inaccurate and misleading testimony but soon recognized his responsibility and agreed to accept his sanction and to pay the full cost of the arbitration hearing before the false testimony was acted upon by the arbitration panel by acknowledging the truth to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

The sprinter offered dependent corroborating evidence that his positive drug test resulted from the use of the supplement called Jack3d several days prior to a competition. An advisory was issued by the U.S. Anti-doping Agency on June 16, 2011 to make athletes aware of the concerns regarding methylhexaneamine (dimethylpentylamine). Athletes subject to the WADA Prohibited List are advised to avoid supplements that reference methylhexaneamine, dimethylpentylamine, 1,3-Dimethylamylamine HCl, dimethylamylamine, geranium, geranamine, or geranium stems or which purport to come from geranium oil or any constituents of a geranium plant. Products sold as dietary supplements with Methylhexaneamine include Jack3d (USP Labs), Lipo-6-Black and Hemo-Rage Black (Nutrex), Spriodex (Gaspari Nutrition), F-10 (Advanced Genetics), Clear Shot (E-Pharm), 1.M.R. (BPI Sports), and many others.

It was previously believed that the US world indoor 60m silver medalist Rodgers mistakenly consumed the stimulant while out socialising. The sprinter first claimed that he took an energy drink when in a club with some friends but later changed his story and admitted to taking a supplement called Jack3d.

Michael Rodgers finished third behind Walter Dix and Justin Gatlin at the US championships in June 2011. He earned his first Olympic berth with a strong performance at the U.S. Trials and was out-leaned in the men’s 100m final at the finish line, 9.93 to 9.94, by Ryan Bailey for third place and the final spot available on the Olympic team. He was however out of the London 2012 Olympic Games with a broken foot in what was termed by him as a 4th degree fracture. The sprinter finished fourth in the men’s 100m race at last month’s US Track and Field trials, running a personal-best 9.94 seconds.

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