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Report: U.S. athletes, positive drug tests

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A recent report shows that some United States Olympic medallists have tests positive for banned drugs.

Documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times indicate 24 athletes who won medals at the Olympic Games over the last two decades tested positive for banned drugs before their wins. In all but one case, the athlete had "already served a suspension or received other appropriate discipline under the applicable rules."

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None of the athletes was named in a report compiled by the U.S, Olympic Committee and sent to the International Olympic Committee. The Times report said there is "no evidence" of a widespread or systematic cover-up.

Sprinter Jerome Young tested positive in 1999 for the banned steroid nandrolone, but there is "no documentation" in USOC files offering a "reasonable explanation" for USA Track & Field's decision to exonerate Young.

The paper said the USOC report found that the "overwhelming" number of the positive tests were for stimulants commonly found in over-the-counter cold medicines.

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