Trevor Graham

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Trevor Graham
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Competitor for  Jamaica
Olympic Games
Silver 1988 Seoul 4x400 m relay

Trevor Graham is a Jamaican-born former sprinter and athletics coach, based in the United States. Following the BALCO scandal, the US Olympic Committee barred him indefinitely from all its training sites as a number of the athletes he was training had tested positive for drug abuse.[1]

Athletics career

Graham was part of the silver medal winning Jamaican 4×400m team at the 1988 Summer Olympics, running in the first round and semi-final, though not the final.[2][3] He is a graduate from Saint Augustine's College with a degree in Business Management.[4]

Coaching career

Sprint Capitol USA

Formed in 1993 by Graham and incorporated in 1997, Sprint Capitol USA was based at the Paul Derr Track on the North Carolina State University Main Campus in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Among the athletes who joined and trained with the group were:

BALCO scandal

Graham played a critical role in the BALCO (Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative) scandal of June 2003, anonymously sending a syringe containing the designer steroid Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) to the United States Anti-Doping Agency. In July 2006, Angel Guillermo Heredia testified before a US Federal Grand Jury that he had worked for Graham from 1996 to 2000, providing illegal performance enhancing drugs. While a number of athletes coached by Graham have received suspensions for drug use, he has always denied direct knowledge or involvement, and denies having ever met Heredia.[15] After Gatlin failed a test for testosterone, announced in July 2006, Graham stated in an interview that Gatlin had been set up.[12][16]

An unsent letter written by BALCO's Victor Conte to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency described the use of an oral testosterone by Graham that "will clear the body and be undetectable in urine in less than a week after discontinuing use." At the end of the letter, Gatlin was one of four athletes identified as using the drug. [17]

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on July 31, 2006 that Graham could face a two-year ban if evidence links him to any doping violations and the United States Anti-Doping Agency decides not to take action.[18]

On August 3, 2006 the United States Olympic Committee banned Graham from its training facilities.[19] This was the first time a coach has received such a ban based on the excessive number athletes in their charge who have tested positive. Later that month, Nike ended its contract with Graham.[20]

On May 29, 2008 Graham was convicted of one count of lying to federal investigators. [21] A mistrial was declared on two other counts as jurors could not reach a unanimous agreement.[22] Graham was sentenced to one year of house arrest.[23]

The US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart, on July 15, 2008, confirmed a life ban on Graham for breaking anti-drugs rules: "It sends a powerful reminder that coaches are not above the rules. There's a misconception that they are because we don't drug-test them, but this shows that we'll use all of our authority. There's no opportunity to seek reinstatement. Any chance that he may have had for that has passed. He's waived that."[1] His ban included participation in any event sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee, the IAAF, USA Track & Field or any other group that participates in the World Anti-Doping Agency program.[24]

References

  1. ^ a b bbc.co.uk, "Coach Graham is handed life ban" Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Results of 1988 Seoul Summer Olympic Game: Athletics – 4x400m relay Men: Round 1". Japan Institute of Sports Sciences. Retrieved 2006-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Results of 1988 Seoul Summer Olympic Game: Athletics – 4x400m relay Men: Semi-final". Japan Institute of Sports Sciences. Retrieved 2006-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Sprint Capitol, USA - Coaches & Staff". Sprint Capitol USA. 2005. Retrieved 2006-08-25. 
  5. ^ "As Suspension Ends, Gatlin Faces New Obstacles". NY Times. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Arbitration Panel Suspends Gatlin for Four Years". United States Anti-Doping Agency. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Amy Shipley (23 August 2004). "Fast Company". Washington Post. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Alvin Harrison sprinting for Dominican Republic". USA Today. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Track Athlete Alvin Harrison Receives Four-Year Suspension For Participation In BALCO Drug Conspiracy". United States Anti-Doping Agency. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Hunter quits after drug ban". BBC News. 8 March 2001. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Amy Shipley. "Marion Jones Admits to Steroid Use". Washington Post. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Mackay, Duncan (2006-07-31). "Gatlin turns into the fastest falling hero in the world". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2006-08-25. 
  13. ^ "IAAF strips Young of more medals". ESPN. 26 February 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Ross suspended two years". Associated Press. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  15. ^ Wilson, Duff (2006-07-20). "Instigator of Steroids Inquiry May Be a Target". New York Times. Retrieved 2006-08-25. 
  16. ^ Pells, Eddie (2006-07-31). "Gatlin set up: coach". Associated Press (Globe and Mail). Retrieved 2006-08-25. 
  17. ^ Fainaru-Wada, Mark (2006). Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports. Gotham. p. 179. ISBN 978-1592402687. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "IAAF: Gatlin's coach might face two-year ban". Associated Press. 2006-08-07. Retrieved 2006-08-25. 
  19. ^ "USOC bans track coach Graham from training sites". Associated Press. 2006-08-07. Retrieved 2006-08-25. 
  20. ^ "Nike ends contract with track coach Graham". Associated Press. 2006-08-25. Retrieved 2006-08-25. 
  21. ^ "Graham Found Guilty of Lying in Balco Case". The New York Times. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  22. ^ Dubow, Josh; Paul Elias and Raf Casert (2008-05-30). "Track coach Graham convicted in BALCO probe". Tampa Bay Online. Retrieved 2008-05-30.  [dead link]
  23. ^ Pogash, Carol; Michael Schmidt (October 21, 2008). "Graham Sentenced to Year’s House Arrest in Balco Case". New York Times. 
  24. ^ "Track coach Trevor Graham gets banned for life". Seattle Times. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2013.