Doping-U.S. charges therapist with giving performance enhancing drugs to athletes for Tokyo Olympics

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By Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) -U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday charged a Texas therapist with distributing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes participating in the Olympic Games held in Tokyo last summer. The charges against Eric Lira, unsealed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, marked the first U.S. criminal accusations of doping related to the Tokyo games, which were initially scheduled for 2020 but delayed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prosecutors said Lira, 41, obtained misbranded versions of prescription drugs – including human growth hormone and erythopoietin, used to b…

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