April 2005 – Tyler Hamilton, the maligned star cyclist mired in a doping scandal, says “the fight will continue,” in his online journal. Hamilton, who won over the world when he won the Olympic Time Trial in Athens, has been dodging doping accusations since that famous moment. On April 18, an arbitration panel found Hamilton, of Boulder, Colorado, committed a doping violation by transfusing another person’s blood, according to a press release of the USA Anti-Doping Agency. The decision stemmed from a blood sample Hamilton submitted to anti-doping agents at the Tour of Spain. This is the FIRST TIME EVER an athlete has been sanctioned for the presence of transfused blood. Hamilton wasn’t accused of taking a drug or injecting one in his system. He was accused and found guilty by the arbitration panel, of actually submitting the blood of SOMEONE ELSE to anti-doping agents for his post-Olympic win test September 2004.
It’s the ultimate accusation for which Hamilton received the ultimate punishment – a two-year ban from competing. But Hamilton has vowed to fight the allegations and “clear his name.” Is he guilty? You decide.
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