The United States Olympic Track Cycling Team (USATC) is facing accusations of using anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs during an off-season test of its elite athletes, USATC President Tony Martin said Wednesday.
The revelations come amid a wider doping scandal engulfing the sport.
In a statement to NBC News, USADA, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, said the team’s medical staff failed to report a positive test of the anabolic steroid EPO to USADA within the time frame mandated by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) to ensure compliance.
USATG’s statement to the network said USATCT conducted a clean test, and its team doctor had not violated any rule.
USTR was contacted for comment.
USOTC is the Olympic Training Center of the United States and hosts a team of about 600 athletes, including the Olympic medallists, track stars and the U-17 team.
USCT has been under investigation since early 2016, when USATTC received a report of an “unknown” doping violation involving USATCC athletes.
In December, USCT announced that it would close the Olympic track, which is a mainstay of the Olympic program, for at least the next three years.
In March, USOC, the United State’s Olympic Committee, suspended the USATEC team, saying the team failed to adhere to the organization’s doping protocols.
The team also has been investigated by the Anti-Deficiency International Anti-Drug Agency (ADIAA), which says USATCG failed to follow its own protocol.
USAC also suspended USATCO for two months in December 2016 for “conduct detrimental to the integrity of the Olympics.”
USATUC announced in January that it was withdrawing from the 2020 Olympics.
The USATU was also suspended from the Olympics in 2020 because of the doping scandal.
In April, USOTTC announced a “zero tolerance” policy against steroids.
USTA is the U and US Olympic Training Centers.
USATHC is run by the United Soccer Association (USSF).