INDIANAPOLIS, AUG. 22 -- Hammer thrower Bill Green, stripped of his Pan American Games silver medal because he tested positive for excessive levels of testosterone, said today he believes the test results "to be inaccurate."
Green, interviewed by CBS-TV from California, said, "I have done nothing to cause my disqualification. I have been rather shocked by this whole matter." Green appeared with his attorney, former U.S. Rep. Paul N. (Pete) McCloskey.
It was Green's first public comment since his disqualification Monday.
Green, asked if had used testosterone, said, "The answer is no."
Testosterone is a male hormone that in high concentrations can help add muscle mass.
Green also faces an 18-month suspension from the International Amateur Athletic Federation, the governing body for track and field. That would prevent his participation in the 1988 Olympics.
Jose Ramon Fernandez Alvarez, a high-ranking official in the Cuban government, arrived at the Pan American Games from Cuba today without incident, police said.
Fernandez Alvarez, Cuba's minister of education, flew directly to Indianapolis from Havana, avoiding a customs check in Miami. He attended the gold medal baseball game between Cuba and the United States and will represent the Cuban government at the closing ceremonies. His participation is of symbolic importance because Cuba is slated to host the next Pan Am Games, in 1991.
Cuban exile Pedro Tamayo filed a $45 million civil suit claiming he was beaten by Cuban boxers at the Pan Am Games and that local officials and Games officials violated his rights.
Tamayo, of Miami, is a member of Cuba Independente y Democratica, a group opposed to Cuban President Fidel Castro. Tamayo's lawyers said he suffered cracked ribs, an injured ear and a broken tooth.
Named as defendants were Cuban boxers Pablo Romero, Jose Gonzalez and Felix Savon, Cuban delegation security chief Armando Guirola, Cuban Olympic Committee president Manuel Gonzalez Guerra, Indianapolis police chief Paul Annee, Marion County prosecutor Stephen Goldsmith and organizers of the Games.