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24 April 2010 :: 12:04:38 pm 18854

Male Enhancement Drug Controversy Hits American Athlete

World and Olympic 400m champion runner, LaShawn Merritt has failed three out-of-competition drug tests after returning positive samples for a banned substance, commonly known as DHEA, a steroid.
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US, the 24th of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: American LaShawn Merritt failed the tests after allegedly taking the over-the-counter drug ExtenZe, labelled as a male enhancement product.

Although a world champion in the 400m event, the extremely competitive and body conscious sport has seemingly pushed Merritt into taking the ExtenZe medication, claiming to be made of “good quality herbs” which increase the size of one’s manhood whilst improving sexual performance.

The 23-year-old who now faces a two-year ban from the sport rather honestly admitted that any action taken against him will not overshadow the embarrassment and humiliation that he now feels over the incident. Further stating; “I hope my sponsors, family, friends and the sport itself will forgive me for making such a foolish, immature and egotistical mistake.” Warning other athletes to read the fine print on any medication that they decide to take, “because if it can happen to me, it could happen to you”.

Chief Executive of USA Track & Field, Doug Logan, was forthright in his statement regarding Merritt’s case, “He has now put his entire career under a cloud and in the process made himself the object of jokes… Personally I am disgusted by the entire episode,” he said.

Merritt, who won Gold at the Beijing Olympics and the 2009 World Championships in the 400m event, plans to appeal any ban imposed, citing “exceptional circumstances”.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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