Statement from USATF President/Acting CEO Bill Roe on the lifetime ban against coach Trevor Graham:

07-15-2008

Contact:
Jill Geer
Director of Communications
USA Track & Field
317-713-4663

"USA Track & Field applauds USADA for issuing a lifetime ban against Trevor Graham. Through his involvement in fostering the use of performance-enhancing drugs, Mr. Graham jeopardized the health of his athletes, to say nothing of their integrity and their future ability to compete in the sport. Athletes rarely act alone when they make the ill-advised decision to dope, and anyone involved in advocating or enabling the use of PEDs should be punished just as severely as an athlete who uses them. USA Track & Field has long advocated lifetime bans for first-time doping convictions, and today's action sends a powerful message to athlete support personnel that they will be held accountable for their actions."