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SA cyclist suspended after positive dope test

South African cyclist Pieter Seyffert has tested positive for a banned stimulant and been suspended from competition.

Cycling SA reports that the Team Bonitas cyclist returned an adverse analytical finding in an in-competition test conducted by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) on 17 February, 2013.

That was the same day that the 26-year-old cyclist won the Dischem Ride for Sight 116-kilometre road race in Boksburg.

Prior to that victory, Seyffert had won stages in the Tour de Free State and the Tour of the Philippines.

The analytical report confirmed the presence of Phentermine in his urine sample. Seyffert is therefore provisionally suspended with immediate effect from competing in any event. The SAIDS process will now take its course.

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 will continue working with SAIDS in the promotion of a drug-free sport via its awareness programmes and extensive testing.


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