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BALCO'd again

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by DocTalk, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. DocTalk

    DocTalk Active Member

    Lots happening in the drugged world of sports recently, including the re-suspension of Ivan Basso and teh praise that it has garnered from the Tour deFrance, but I thought people might be interested in the latest BALCO twist.


    SAN FRANCISCO – The former medical director of the clinic involved in a sports doping scandal has been suspended from practicing medicine after investigators found he prescribed a stimulant to a sprinter without examining her.

    Dr. Brian Halevie-Goldman, a psychiatrist who was medical director for the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative that provided steroids to top athletes, was suspended for 90 days by the state medical board.

    Halevie-Goldman also was placed on five years' probation and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation for allegedly providing the drug modafinil to the athlete at the request of BALCO founder Victor Conte, who served four months in federal prison for dealing steroids.

    Goldman told the board Conte provided him with false information about the sprinter's medical condition in order to obtain drugs for her. The doctor had no immediate comment when contacted Wednesday by The Associated Press.

    The medical board's accusation said the athlete, identified only as K.W., tested positive for modafinil at an international track meet in August 2003 and accepted a two-year suspension for admitting to its use in 2004.

    Kelli White, a BALCO client who tested positive for modafinil after winning gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter races at the world championships in Paris in August 2003, was stripped of those medals and suspended for two years after admitting in 2004 to using the banned stimulant.
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