April 27, 1990 |
The Athletics Congress, sensitive about published reports that it was banning athletes for taking cold medicines, Thursday defended its drug-testing procedures. In a 1 1/2-hour conference call with members of the media, TAC officials said, in essence, athletes' ignorance of banned substances, even in common over-the-counter medicines, is not a legitimate excuse. Three world-class athletes--Larry Myricks, Greg Foster and Antonio McKay--have been suspended this year for three months.
April 21, 1990 |
The Athletics Congress drug net widened Friday night as Larry Myricks, the 34-year-old world class long jumper, was suspended for three months, April 13-July 13, for taking Alka-Seltzer Cold Plus. The action follows by one day the suspension of hurdler Greg Foster for the same offense. Myricks tested positive at the TAC indoor championships Feb. 23 in New York. He told TAC officials that he was taking the medication to combat flu symptoms he says persist.
September 30, 1989 |
Saying there is "general concern of the athletes about the integrity of the sport of track and field," the Athletes Advisory Committee of The Athletics Congress held an emergency meeting in suburban Washington and Friday released a position paper that called for an independent investigation of the drug problem in U.S. track and field. The meeting was prompted by recent allegations by sprinter Darrell Robinson that some top American athletes have used performance-enhancing drugs.
September 27, 1989 |
Emerging from amid the tumult a week after allegations of drug use among top U.S. athletes, there is this one simple update: Everyone involved is exploring legal options. A week ago, Stern, a West German news magazine, published an article in which a 400-meter runner identified several U.S. athletes as having bought or used banned performance-enhancing drugs.
June 21, 1989
Carl Lewis and three Santa Monica Track Club teammates will not compete in a European meet this weekend between the United States, the Soviet Union, West Germany and Great Britain. British officials in Birmingham, England, said they were barred by The Athletics Congress, but TAC official Pete Cava said the TAC had no power to bar anyone from a meet on British soil. Cava said the British promoters had to choose between the officially sanctioned U.S. team or the sprinters. Lewis and the others--Olympic 200-meter champion Joe DeLoach, Danny Everett and Floyd Heard--had planned to try to break the world record in the 800 relay Friday and Saturday.