Feds File 1st Case Under Anti-Doping Law Over Tokyo Games

By Zachary Zagger (January 12, 2022, 7:10 PM EST) -- Federal prosecutors in New York charged a Texas man with distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs to athletes seeking to compete at last summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo, in what is the first prosecution under a 2020 federal law that gave U.S. prosecutors the power to prosecute doping schemes in international sports.

Prosecutors claimed Eric Lira, a "naturopathic" therapist from El Paso, obtained and distributed performance-enhancing drugs widely banned in competitive sports — including human growth hormone, or HGH, and the "blood building" drug erythropoietin — to two athletes ahead of the most recent Summer Olympics, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday....

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