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Top cyclist George suspended after drugs test
- Updated: November 6, 2012
Top track, road and mountain bike cyclist David George has been suspended with immediate effect by Cycling South Africa after testing positive for EPO (erythropoietin) earlier this year, writes Mark Etheridge.
George, 36, tested positive in an out of competition test undertaken the SAIDS (SA Institiute for Drug-Free Sports) on 29 August.
He is now immediately provisionally suspended from competing in any event as the SAIDS process takes its course.
Following George’s suspension, Nedbank also immediately suspended its sponsored professional team ÔÇô Team 306Life.
The team’s suspension will continue until further notice.
In a statement, Cycling SA said: “Cycling South Africa respects the independence of the SAIDS process and will respect the outcome. Cycling SA further reiterates its zero-tolerance approach to doping in sport and confirms that there is no evidence of this being an endemic problem in the sport in South Africa.”
As recently as last month George won the Ride Crater Cruise in Parys for a fourth consecutive time.
A former professional road race, George switched codes to mountain bike and earlier this year ended second at the Trans Germany mountain bike event, ending runner-up to Swiss marathon world champion Christoph Sauser.
George competed at three Olympic Games, in 1996 (Atlantia), 2000 (Sydney) and 2008 (Beijing).