Blake Leeper, one of the top paralympic sprinters in the world, has been banned for a year for a doping violation.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Monday that Leeper had been sanctioned in response to a test last summer that found a byproduct of cocaine in his system.
Officials do not believe that the 25-year old athlete had used cocaine to enhance his performance.
“I made a mistake and I am deeply sorry for my behavior and for letting all the people who believed in me down," Leeper said in a statement Monday evening. "I am taking full responsibility for the bad choices I have made in my life."
"If I can overcome the monumental...