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    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=right border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/Gatlin_article.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B>Justin Gatlin says he will cooperate with authorities as part of the settlement of his doping case. (ATR)</B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>(ATR) U.S. sprinter and Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin says he accepts the results of positive drug tests for anabolic steroids. He'll be banned from competing for the next eight years under a punishment from the U.S. Anti Doping Agency.<BR><BR>Gatlin tested positive at an April meet in the U.S., testosterone the banned substance.<BR><BR>The violation is the second in the career of the 24 year-old, who will forfeit all results since the positive test, including a world-record tying 100m result in May.<BR><BR>USADA says Gatlin has "promised to cooperate" in anti-doping efforts as part of the settlement of the case. <BR><BR>USADA says that promise to cooperate played a role in handing down an eight-year ban which he can appeal to have shortened. He could have received a lifetime ban for a second offense. <BR><BR>In what may be a semantics issue, the Chicago Tribune reports that Gatlin's agent says the sprinter only accepted the results of the tests and does not admit to a doping offense.<BR><BR>In July, when the results of Gatlin's "B" sample were confirmed, Gatlin said he had "never knowingly used any banned substance or authorized anyone else to administer such a substance to me."<BR><BR>"Justin Gatlin's doping case has been a setback for our sport," USA Track and Field CEO Craig Masback said in a statement.<BR><BR>"While we are glad Justin has taken responsibility for his positive test and will cooperate in USADA's anti-doping efforts, we are sorely disappointed in him," says Masback.<BR><BR>U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Peter Ueberroth says in a statement that Gatlin "is doing the right thing by stepping forward and acknowledging that he committed a doping offense."<BR><BR>Ueberroth says others who may be involved with Gatlin's test "must step forward and accept responsibility for their actions". <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 align=left border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD colSpan=2><IMG src="/_images/articles/OldStories/GatlinHelsinki_article.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 5px; PADDING-TOP: 5px"><SPAN class=caption><B>Gatlin in 2005 after winning the 100m at the IAAF World Championships in Helsinki. (ATR)</B></SPAN></TD> <TD width=12>&nbsp;</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><BR><BR>"To profit from your involvement in sport while knowingly participating in doping is fraud, and it should not be condoned," says Ueberroth.<BR><BR>The comments could be directed at Trevor Graham, Gatlin's coach, who is under scrutiny for his involvement in the case. Ten athletes under Graham's watch have tested positive for drugs in recent years. <BR><BR>Organizers of the upcoming Berlin athletics meeting refused to invite any competitors who were coached by Graham, including Marion Jones. <BR><BR>Since that snub last month, Jones has come under suspicion following leaked results of a drug test taken in June that is reported to indicate EPO. Results of the "B" sample test have not been released. If confirmed, the result would be the first positive for Jones, who won three gold medals in Sydney.<BR><BR><B>Your best source of news about the Olympics is, for subscribers only.</B>