Bowie sailor Hall is cleared to use testosterone in Athens

The United States Anti-Doping Agency has given a Bowie man the final clearance to participate in this summer's Olympic Games in Athens by granting him a waiver to take testosterone injections.

Kevin Hall, 34, a member of two America's Cup teams and a testicular cancer survivor, received word from the USADA yesterday that he could continue receiving testosterone, a substance that is banned from Olympic competition.


Rich Wanninger, a USADA spokesman, said Hall's waiver was granted yesterday by an independent observer, at the order of the International Olympic Committee. The waiver, which Hall originally requested almost 10 years ago when he was training for the Atlanta Olympics, comes about six weeks before the beginning of the Athens Games.

"This is not an everyday" occurrence, Wanninger said.


Hall had to provide a statement from a physician that his treatment was necessary as well as show why a permitted alternative route could not be pursued. He was originally given a "therapeutic use exemption" by the International Sailing Federation to cover his use of testosterone injections, which replaces what his body no longer makes.

However, as the federations brought their individual rules into compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, Hall was forced to reapply for an exemption.

Hall was given an exemption from the International Olympic Committee last month with a condition that his case be reviewed anonymously by an "independent referee." However, according to his wife, Amanda, Hall's name was accidentally seen on a document by a first referee, who disqualified himself, and a second referee had to be chosen.

Wanninger said all the various federations are expected to be in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code by the beginning of the Olympics next month.