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U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

Top paralympic sprinter banned for doping violation

Top paralympic sprinter banned for doping violation

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...