COLORADO SPRINGS (Colorado): A New York judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit from American athlete Regina Jacobs (pic) against the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and USA Track and Field (USATF), the USADA announced on Monday.
“USADA knew this lawsuit had no merit when it was filed and the court's ruling is the confirmation that we expected,” Travis Tygart, USADA's director of legal affairs, said.
Jacobs tested positive for the designer steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) at the 2003 USA Track and Field Championships.
Jacobs wanted Judge Barbara Jones to intervene and excuse her from the USADA adjudication process which has been in place for three years.
Jones concluded that court did not have jurisdiction to intervene because prior agreements stipulated that it was up to the arbitrator to decide.
“This lawsuit has not distracted USADA from its mission of protecting clean athletes and maintaining the integrity of fair competition,” Tygart said.
Tygart called Jacobs claims “baseless” and said the money spent fighting the lawsuit could have been better spent on education and testing.
Jacobs case is expected to continue under the adjudication process, he said.
USADA is the independent anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States, and is responsible for managing the testing and adjudication process for athletes. – AFP