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USADA to determine Rodgers fate

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LOS ANGELES, California, August 15 – US anti-doping officials will have a hearing to determine the fate of sprinter Mike Rodgers who failed a doping test but still hopes to compete in the upcoming World Athletics Championships.

“The US Anti-doping Agency (USADA) is adjudicating his case and will determine his eligibility,” said USA Track and Field spokesperson Jill Geer Sunday.

The former American 100 metres champion tested positive for a banned stimulant earlier this year.

Rodger’s agent, Tony Campbell, said that his client tested positive for the stimulant after mistakenly drinking an energy drink that contained a banned substance. No details were given about the substance in the drink.

The 26-year-old Rodgers reportedly tested positive at a track meet in Italy where the US team was training in July.

Rodgers won the US 100 metre championship in 2009 and finished third in the 100 metres at the US nationals in June.

The Worlds begin August 27 in Daegu and Rodgers was expected to compete in the 100 metres and 4×100 relay.

The penalties for failing a drug test after using a stimulant normally range from a suspension lasting several months to a public warning.

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