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George can 'name and shame'

2012-11-07 15:18

Cape Town - David George can reveal how and when he took the blood-boosting drug EPO and if he used it when he raced with Lance Armstrong over a decade ago, South Africa's doping body said on Wednesday.

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Khalid Galant, chief executive of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS), said that George had the opportunity to give evidence at a hearing after admitting to using EPO in August.

George faces a two-year ban after his "unprecedented" admission, Galant said, but any information he gave on a date yet to be decided would be taken into account.

"He can name people," Galant said.

SAIDS had no evidence against George before his positive from an out-of-competition test in August, and no authority to question him on events before that.

But Galant said the former South African Olympic rider and two-time Commonwealth Games medalist was still free to tell how and when he received the drug - and if he was using it when he rode for the disgraced Armstrong on his US Postal Service team in 1999 and 2000.

"He can come forward and tell how he received the drug, if there was an infrastructure. We treat that confidentially." Galant said.

Galant warned, however, that SAIDS had no interest in a "soap opera" case like that of Armstrong, who was last month banned for life for doping by the International Cycling Union following a report by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The American also was formally stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, wiping out the career of one of cycling's most celebrated riders.

Other former team-mates of the American testified against him in the USADA report, which said Armstrong used steroids, EPO and blood transfusions.

Armstrong is also being investigated by the International Olympic Committee over the bronze medal he won at the Sydney Games in 2000.

George admitted using EPO on Tuesday soon after his positive test was announced by SAIDS and said he would not challenge the finding because he knew the 'B' sample result would be the same. He was suspended by Cycling South Africa.

Galant said George's confession in a statement sent to SAIDS and made public by the rider was unprecedented in South African sport.

"It took me by surprise," Galant said. "An athlete publicly admitting to doping."

George has lost two of his sponsors since admitting to doping, and Galant said George would have to pay back the R125 000 in prize money from a race he won after he tested positive. His place on the podium from that race would also be "rescinded", Galant said.

AP

Comments
  • patrick.mbense - 2012-11-07 15:41

    haha! cyclists are such tossers!

      ebon.geist - 2012-11-07 15:49

      It's so easy to just paint every cyclist with the same brush isn't it? It's also ridiculously unfair in the same manner as any form of prejudice where you judge an entire group of people based on the actions of some. It's really no different to racism is it...?

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-11-07 16:11

      Name and shame...easy...all pro cyclists!!!

      mable.jacobs.90 - 2012-11-07 16:16

      Not all, maybe they all need to dope then perform on an equal footing, It's only fair

  • andre.bekker.986 - 2012-11-07 15:42

    He was chased away from US postal pro team in 2000 already-for taking toooo much drugs- , everyone in cycling knew he full I mean everyone !!!!

  • Pomp.haar.doer - 2012-11-07 15:54

    Plz,tell us everything-the docter,nurse,support staff's name's,who supplied the finance's and if there is something better than EPO on the market,that we don't yet know off?????

  • kooskanmar - 2012-11-07 16:01

    Don't spill the beans George. Rather write a book while you're suspended and make some money off your misfortune. Anybody remotely related to government are basically a buch of tossers that will feed you to the lion's without a blink. The fact that you're white doesn't help either. Save yourself man and shut the %^&* up.Don't spill the beans George. Rather write a book while you're suspended and make some money off your misfortune. Anybody remotely related to government are basically a buch of tossers that will feed you to the lion's without a blink. The fact that you're white doesn't help either. Save yourself man and shut the %^&* up.

      jaco.s.roos - 2012-11-08 10:43

      Jy redeneer soos n klip, dis mense soos jy wat maak dat die land nogsteeds in n gat is.

  • tyronlouw - 2012-11-07 16:18

    SAIDS claim they have no interest in making the David George case a "soap opera" case like that of Armstrong. Excuse me, Galant, YOU do not decide what interest the public takes in cases like this! I dont understand why George's announcement took him by surprise? He knew he was guilty, so he took control of the situation before he was confirmed by SAIDS.

  • henk.tredoux.7 - 2012-11-07 17:04

    Can't wait to here all the drama! I cycle myself, there is nothing worse to see a bunch of arrogant cyclists, believing that cycling is the only sport in the world! The boring conversations after a ride or a race, the whole image of drinking coffee and muffins, taking over coffee shops once again.....like they are the only patrons in the shop! Get a life!

      jaco.s.roos - 2012-11-08 10:42

      just because you dont enjoy cycling, doesnt give you the right to judge others.

  • The.whiz.777 - 2012-11-07 17:16

    I love Opera, Brightman boring nowadays. hehe

  • jaco.s.roos - 2012-11-08 10:40

    CSA trying to dig up things that are of the past, however it would be great if the source can be convicted where he got his EPO. Helping the rest of us who ride in the elite groups to have un equal race and for you morrons that think all of us dope, go comment somewhere else!!!! we work our arses off every day on the bike to stay with the elites. As for you patrick mbense, go play with yourself, youve got the mentality of a 4 year old. just because some of you dont haver the commitment to get on your bike every day to train 20 hours a week, doesnt mean you can start badmouthing those of us who are commited. Instead shut up or start training.

  • harry.dewet.5 - 2012-11-09 11:31

    Galant, where have you been all these years? I am surprised that you eventually woke up once the Lance story became popular? Hopefully you will now perform regular doping checks on more cyclists? It is not good/fair to just punish one poor guy, while the rest are getting away!

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