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Sunday, January 18, 2004

Runner Challenging Drug Appeals Process: The New York Times has an article on Regina Jacobs, one of the nation's top female middle-distance runners, who has tested positive for THG, the banned designer steroid. Jacobs is challenging the process by which athletes can appeal the drug suspensions, saying it is biased against the accused athletes. An accused athlete receives an arbitration hearing in front of a three-member panel. One member is chosen by the athlete, one member by the anti-doping agency and one member selected by the American Arbitration Association. However, Jacobs and her attorney claim, the pool of potential arbiters is chosen, approved and maintained by the anti-doping agency, improperly biasing the member against the accused athlete.


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