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USOC Covered Up Over 100 Positive Drug Tests Among US Athletes, Former Drug Czar Charges -- April 19, 2003

By Phillip Whitten

COLORADO SPRINGS, April 19. DR. WADE Exum, US Olympic Committee Director for Drug Control from 1991 to 2000, claims that the USOC covered up over 100 positive drug tests among US athletes during the 12 years between the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and the Sydney Games in 2000.

Dr. Exum, formerly a professor at Yale University, released to Sports Illustrated over 30,000 pages of documents, purportedly supporting his accusation, after his suit against the USOC, in which he charged the organization with wrongful termination and racial discrimination, was dismissed on Tuesday for lack of evidence.

Dr. Exum says the documents provide proof that there were more than 100 positive drug tests for US athletes who won 19 Olympic medals from 1988-2000, but that many had still been allowed to compete.

Among these athletes, Dr. Exum said, was track star Carl Lewis, who tested positive three times for small amounts of banned stimulants found in cold medications at the 1988 Olympic Trials.

Lewis has denied taking any banned substance and the USOC has called Exum's accusations baseless.

To the best of our knowledge, no swimmers were among the athletes alleged to have tested positive, but we are investigating.