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Nov 25, 2011 4:14 AM by Kate Richards

Anti-doping police are watching older athletes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The anti-doping police are sending out a new message to the AARP crowd: We're keeping an eye on you, too.

Looking more skeptically at events outside of elite and Olympic circles, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has suspended nine masters athletes for positive tests so far in 2011, including one in his 50s and three in their 60s.

The agency wants to cut down on what it says is an increasing number of older-age cheaters, an effort critics decry as petty and a waste of money but that USADA CEO Travis Tygart says is necessary to fulfill the goal of deterring cheaters at all levels.

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