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Report: Lifters Didn’t Use Steriods

November 17, 1997

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ Steroids were not involved in the cases of nine weightlifters kicked out of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s main training center, a newspaper reported.

Six of the athletes were accused of using cocaine, while two others were dismissed for using an over-the-counter nutritional supplement that increases testosterone levels, the Colorado Springs Gazette said.

A ninth lifter was kicked out for transporting the same supplement, the Gazette quoted unidentified sources as saying.

The weightlifters were part of a junior resident program of USA Weightlifting, which rented gyms and dormitory space at the USOC’s training center here.

The federation kicked the lifters out of the training center and suspended them from the national program for violating a standard code of conduct. When those dismissals were announced last week, it was reported that officials were investigating use of strength-building steroids, cocaine and other drugs among the athletes.

But the Gazette said Sunday that none of the lifters used anabolic steroids. It also quoted sources as saying that none of the six athletes accused of using cocaine admitted taking the drug and that tests for cocaine on all six were negative.

The newspaper also said two other athletes were dismissed for repeatedly using a testosterone-enhancing substance available at most health-food stores. Although sold over the counter, some forms of the substance are on the list of banned drugs for Olympic-level sports, the Gazette said.

It said the athletes who used the substance were punished by USA Weightlifting because they took it for several days after federation officials told them to stop.

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