Sprinter tests positive, withdraws from worlds
Friday, August 19, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Former U.S. sprint champion Michael Rodgers has accepted a provisional doping suspension and will not compete at world championships later this month.
Rodgers, the 2009 champion in the 100 meters, tested positive for a banned stimulant he says he ingested by accident.
According to a news release sent by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Friday, Rodgers maintains his innocence but decided to withdraw so other athletes would not be "distracted" by his positive test. Rodgers' attorney, David Greifinger, told USADA he would continue to investigate the cause of Rodger's positive and will decide how to proceed.