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Top cyclist suspended
- Updated: January 19, 2010
Team Neotel’s Nolan Hoffman has been provisionally suspended by Cycling South Africa.
Cape Town based cyclist Hoffman, 24, won the opening stage of the 2009 Tour of Korea.
Said a statement from Cycling SA: “It is with deep regret that Cycling South Africa announces the provisional suspension of cyclist Nolan Hoffman. The decision to provisionally suspend Mr. Hoffman was made in response to a report from SAIDS (South African Institute for Drug free Sport) indicating an Adverse Analytical finding in a urine sample collected from him at an in-competition test on 18 October 2009.”
“The provisional suspension remains in force until a hearing panel convened by Cycling South Africa determines whether in fact Mr. Hoffman has committed an anti-doping rule violation.
“Under the World Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, Cycling South Africa is unable to provide any additional information at this time.”
Neotel subsequently withdrew its support of the professional team but the company is expected to continue its support for a development programme it first became involved in three years ago.