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USADA has suspended master rider Michael Diamond for two years after the American refused to submit to a doping control.
“On October 8, 2011, Diamond, 63, refused to submit a sample when notified by a doping control officer during an out-of-competition test,” a USADA press release read.
“Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union (UCI) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code, an athlete’s refusal to provide a sample when notified that he has been selected for doping control constitutes a rule violation.”
Diamond’s ban runs from November 14, 2011 and he is stripped of all results obtained on and subsequent to October 8, 2011, the date he refused to take the test.
Any USA Cycling-registered amateur rider can be subjected to out-of-competition doping controls, according to the organisation's rules. USADA encourages athletes to report dopers by using its Play Clean Line (1-877-752-9253).