DOJ charges man for allegedly distributing performance-enhancing drugs to Olympians

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The Justice Department has charged a Texas man with distributing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games, according to a criminal complaint that has not been sealed. Wednesday.

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Why this matters: It is the first criminal charge brought under the Anti-Doping Act, which came into force last December. DOJ. According to,

Description: complaint It is alleged that Eric Lira, a “kinesiologist and naturopathic” physician in El Paso, Tex., distributed PEDs to at least two athletes before delaying the 2020 Games held last year in Tokyo.

  • Lyra reportedly took PEDs such as human growth hormone and erythropoietin from Central and South America, known as a “blood building” drug.
  • According to prosecutors, in July, a recipient of Lyra’s PED tested positive for human growth hormone and was later “provisionally suspended” from competition.
  • According to the DOJ, Lira is scheduled to be in custody and in court on Wednesday. Lira’s lawyer could not be immediately identified.

Reference: Lira has been charged under the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act, which bans involvement in doping schemes at major international sporting events.

  • He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for the two charges.

What are they saying: “Today, this office sends a strong message to those who will tarnish the Games and seek to profit from that corruption,” US Attorney Damian Williams said according to the press release.

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