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U.S. Paralympic Cyclist Admits to Doping, Is Banned for 3 Months

Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Paralympic cyclist Monica Bascio, a 15-time American champion, was suspended for three months after testing positive for a banned substance, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said.

The 42-year-old from Evergreen, Colorado, tested positive for tuaminoheptane on May 26 at a Para-Cycling Road World Cup event in Rome after taking an over-the-counter treatment, the USADA said today in an e-mailed statement.

Although the drug is banned, an athlete can get a reduced sanction when the source can be established and the athlete can prove there was no intent to boost performance, the USADA said.

Bascio, who was paralyzed in a 1992 ski accident, represented the U.S. at the 2006 and 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in cross-country sit skiing.

A 15-time U.S. handcycling champion, she was planning to compete in the Paralympics in London this year, according to a story published on the Team USA website. Her suspension started May 26.

The Paralympics start Aug. 29 in London, and end Sept. 9.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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