US Olympic hopeful banned for HGH use



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Olympic weightlifting hopeful Pat Mendes has been suspended for two years after testing positive for human growth hormone.

Mendes admitted using HGH after it showed up in two samples tested at an accredited lab in Utah, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said in a news release Monday.

He became the first U.S. Olympic hopeful to test positive for HGH and be disciplined for it.

USADA CEO Travis Tygart said the positive test, combined with Mendes’ acceptance of the ban, ” further confirms there’s no legitimate reason for this test to not be put in effect in the NFL and other pro sports.”

The NFL and its players union have been trying to reach an agreement on how to implement HGH testing for nearly a year.