Monday, August 14, 2006
Justin Gatlin is being urged by the Anti Doping Agency to testify against his Jamaican coach Trevor Graham. By testifying against Trevor Graham, Gatlin would exercise the substantial assistance provision in the World Anti-Doping Agencys code, which reduces the ban by proving he or she bears no significant fault or negligence in the violation. The sprinter faces a lifetime ban after his second positive doping test. If he testifies against Graham this could be reduced to eight years Graham has already banned by the U.S. Olympic Committee from its training facilities and has allegedly been involved with at least 6 athletes who have received drug suspensions. Despite the trainers denial of direct knowledge or involvement with drug use, in 2003, Graham helped launch the federal investigation of BALCO by anonymously mailing a syringe containing a previously undetectable steroid, the clear, to the US Anti Doping Agency.