American sprinter Rodgers banned for doping

Updated: Mar 02, 2012, 15:35 PM IST

Washington: The United States Anti-Doping Agency has announced that American sprinter Michael Rodgers was banned for nine months after failing a drug test at a track meet last year in Italy.

The 2009 US champion in the 100 metres tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

As Rodgers` suspension was retroactive to last July when he failed the test, he will be allowed to resume competition in about 10 weeks. He still has a chance to take part in the US Olympic trials to get himself a spot on the American team at the London Games.

US doping officials said on Thursday Rodgers first lied to the investigative panel but then confessed that he took a banned substance.

"Rodgers originally requested a hearing in front of independent American Arbitration Association (AAA) panel, at which he provided inaccurate and misleading testimony," US Anti-Doping Agency was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

"However, before the false testimony was acted upon by the arbitration panel, Rodgers came forward, acknowledged the truth to the US Anti-Doping Agency."