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

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.

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