May 20, 2004
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WADA Statement on Kelli White Case

WADA is pleased with the manner in which the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has handled the case of sprinter Kelli White. White accepted a two-year suspension for violation of IAAF anti-doping rules, which came to light through documents obtained as part of the BALCO investigation. Her case reinforces the fact that those who choose to cheat will be caught, not only through doping tests, but through any means at the disposal of anti-doping officials.

WADA also commends White for admitting her mistake and offering to help in anti-doping education efforts, thereby setting an example for other athletes who have cheated to step forward and be a part of the solution rather than the problem.

White's suspension is another step forward in the fight against doping and WADA is confident that the USOC and USADA will appropriately handle any other such cases that are uncovered prior to the Olympic Games.