US sprinter Mike Rodgers accepts nine-month ban

Mike Rodgers

US sprinter Mike Rodgers has accepted a nine-month ban for a failed drugs test, but remains eligible to compete at the London 2012 Olympics.external-link

The 26-year-old is banned until 19 April, meaning he will still be able to attend the US Olympic trials in June.external-link

Rodgers, who was the second-fastest American at the 100m in 2011, tested positive for a banned stimulant.

"I take full responsibility for my actions," said Rodgers.

Rodgers took methylhexaneamine,external-link a stimulant commonly found in nutritional supplements and energy drinks.

That was discovered following the results of an in-competition urine test carried out in Italy on 19 July 2011.

It is believed that the US world indoor 60m silver medallist mistakenly consumed the stimulant while out socialising.external-link

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)external-link stated that Rodgers gave a "inaccurate and misleading testimony"external-link following a request by the athlete to have a hearing in front of the independent American Arbitration Association (AAA) panel.

Rodgers first claimed he consumed an energy drink when in a club with some friends in Italy, but then changed his story and admitted taking a supplement called Jack3d.

Subsequently, Rodgers agreed to accept his ban before the AAA panel took further action on the testimony.

The USADA state that the 26-year-old's nine-month ban commences from the day in which his urine sample was taken.

Rodgers will therefore have a period of 61 days from when his ban finishes to prepare for the US Olympic squad trials, which takes place on 22 June - 1 July at TrackTown USA in Oregon.external-link

He is disqualified from any and all results obtained on and subsequent to 19 July 2011 - including forfeiture of medals, points, and prizes obtained.