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George banned for two years

2012-12-05 14:24

Johannesburg - South African cycling champion David George has been banned from the sport for two-years for a doping offence, the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) said on Wednesday.

"George waived his right to attend his hearing, which went ahead anyway on December 1," SAIDS CEO Khalid Galant said in a statement.

"He admitted guilt prior to the hearing and preferred the sanction to be determined as soon as possible. The athlete has the right to waive his participation in a hearing without prejudice."

George tested positive in an out-of-competition test conducted by the SAIDS on August 29.

He is a former Olympian, a podium finisher in the Cape Epic, and a former Lance Armstrong team-mate on the United States Postal Service Cycling team 1999 to 2000.

The hearing was conducted by an independent tribunal.

"In addition to the ban, any points or prize money obtained after the August 29 is forfeited and monies have to be repaid," Galant said.

"Money has to be repaid to race organisers of the Cape Pioneer Trek MTB race, which David George/Kevin Evans won after August 29 and results will have to be re-issued."

George and Evans won a total of R125,000 during this year’s race Cape Pioneer Trek MTB race which would have to be repaid to the organisers.

Galant said George had claimed his EPO doping was isolated to himself and he could not provide SAIDS with information in terms of an infrastructure of doping.

Therefore, he received the standard two-year ban, as there were no grounds for a reduction in the sanction.

However, Galant said George had committed to assist SAIDS in its test planning so that its target testing could be more robust in addressing doping in endurance sport.

"As a former professional cyclist, he provides a unique lens into how our test distribution planning can mitigate against high doping risk periods and what is going through the minds of athletes when they attempt to beat the system," he said.

"We welcome this commitment from George as part of attempt to atone for the doping offence to the cycling community."

SAIDS warned the sports community a year ago it would be vigorous in its testing of both the blood and urine of South Africa's top athletes.

"We will continue to aggressively target EPO dopers and we will be increasing 'out of competition' testing of cyclists for EPO, a hormone that artificially increases the red blood cell count, therefore increasing the athlete's oxygen carrying capacity, and in turn enhances performance," Galant said.

He warned that the institute would increase the quantity of testing, not only for cycling but also to other endurance sports like triathlon, running and canoeing.

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Comments
  • dienaakte.waarheid.7 - 2012-12-05 14:39

    Should have banned him for life. Sport has no place for drug using weaklings.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-12-05 23:05

      Its a lot longer in reality than the ban served on Alberto Contador and other drug taking riders on the major teams.

      werner.nel.984786 - 2012-12-06 06:49

      A$$ holes like this is why I will never allow my boys to consider Professional Cycling as an option. Apparently you have to dope to compete.

      wordis.word.1 - 2012-12-06 13:40

      David George - Used EPO - Vile waste of flesh, outcast. Lance Armstrong - Used EPO - Hero of the masses.

  • ivan.vandermerwe.10 - 2012-12-05 14:45

    2 years! Should have been a life ban.

  • wperold - 2012-12-05 14:49

    Me and neil armstrong have a lot in common neither of us won the tour de france

      johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2012-12-05 15:06

      but one of you at least walked on the moon

      gwides - 2012-12-05 15:07

      Neither did Lance Armstrong that makes the three of you

  • sakkie.sarel.9 - 2012-12-05 15:43

    Wow, cycling had to endure enough damage with Lance Armstrong and now this.

  • rian.dejager.3 - 2012-12-05 23:42

    There are very few professional cyclists in the world that are not on some performance enhancing drug in my opinion... If you've won a Tour de France stage in your life before, then you probably doped. Unfortunately only two people (Armstrong & George) got caught... If all use it, then the playing field is in any case level. Robbie Hunter was loud mouth when David George got caught.... I'm 100% sure his not clean...

      Ryan - 2012-12-06 05:56

      Rian, I on the other hand am pretty sure Robbie and all other Tour sprinters are NOT on performance-enhancing drugs. Sprinters do not use drugs because there are no benefits........tour winners, now there is a huge benefit for them. George and Armstrong are not sprinters but are long endurance event winners.............

  • Johnson - 2012-12-06 07:20

    Let everybody use whatever they want - then there will be no more advantage for cheaters over non-cheaters

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