Federal government files first case under Tokyo Games anti-doping law

By Zachary Zagger (January 12, 2022, 7:10 PM EST) – Federal prosecutors in New York have charged a Texas man with distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs to athletes seeking to compete in the Olympics in the USA. last summer in Tokyo.

The action is the first under a 2020 federal law that gave US prosecutors the power to prosecute doping schemes in international sports.

Prosecutors claimed that Eric Lira, a ‘naturopath’ therapist from El Paso, obtained and distributed performance-enhancing drugs widely banned in competitive sports – including human growth hormone, or HGH, and l erythropoietin, a drug that “builds blood” – to two athletes before the last Summer Olympics, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Wednesday…

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