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Hoffman’s ban confirmed
- Updated: February 10, 2010
Cycling South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that top sprinter, Nolan Hoffman, has been handed an 18-month suspension from racing by an Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel that convened in Bloemfontein on 3 February 2010.
Hoffman returned a positive test for unacceptably high levels of the hormone testosterone, following the scrutiny of a sample taken from him on 18 October 2009.
The sentence for this type of contravention of UCI and CSA anti-doping code normally carries a two-year ban, but Hoffman admitted guilt, showed remorse for his actions and gave the hearing panel his full co-operation. They subsequently reduced the suspension by six months dating back to the date of sample collection.
“CSA has entered a new era which includes raising the standard of our riders so that they are able to have a realistic chance at challenging for international titles. Our riders need to take responsibility for their own actions and Nolan Hoffman’s case confirms our intentions to clean up professional cycling in line with the relentless global moves in that direction,” explained Greg Till, CSA president.
Twenty-four-year-old Cape Town riderHoffman is one of the country’s biggest development success stories, having gone from a promising youngster to one of the top riders in the country in just a few years. He is a former South African Under-23 road race champion and has held multiple national track titles. He is a regular podium finisher at most of the country’s leading road races and has in recent years finished on podiums at international stage races, including victory in the opening stage of the 2009 Tour de Korea.
Hoffman was racing for the Neotel professional team at the time of his positive test and was immediately dismissed from the team. Neotel then withdrew its sponsorship from professional road cycling in early 2010, but has maintained its support of the Neotel Development Academy.
“CSA has been working alongside Drug Free Sport South Africa for the past couple of years in an effort to clean up cycling.┬á We have a zero-tolerance policy on the use of banned performance-enhancing methods and will continue to ensure an increased number of tests are conducted among all the cycle racing disciplines in 2010,” added Till.