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Track Coach Graham Receives Lifetime Ban

Coach Trevor Graham and Marion Jones as shown in 1999. He is awaiting sentencing for a May conviction.
Coach Trevor Graham and Marion Jones as shown in 1999. He is awaiting sentencing for a May conviction. (By Scott Sharpe -- Raleigh News & Observer Via Associated Press)

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Track coach Trevor Graham received a lifetime ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency yesterday for his role in helping his athletes obtain performance-enhancing drugs.

Graham has been banned from participating in any event sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee, the IAAF, USA Track and Field or any other group that participates in the World Anti-Doping Agency program.

He was convicted in May of one count of lying to federal investigators about his relationship to an admitted steroids dealer. Graham is awaiting sentencing and has asked a judge to toss out his conviction.

Graham already was banned from all USOC-sponsored facilities and essentially had become a pariah in his sport, connected with many athletes involved in doping -- Marion Jones and former world record holders Justin Gatlin and Tim Montgomery, to name a few.

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