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Top SA cyclist suspended after positive test
- Updated: December 17, 2015
Leading mountain-biker Rourke Croeser has been provisionally suspended by Cycling South Africa after testing positive for Recombinant EPO earlier this year.
The adverse analytical finding was made in an out-of-competition test conducted on 30 August.
The urine test confirmed the presence of Recombinant EPO. Croeser then elected to have his B sample analysed which confirmed the result.
As per the SA Institute for Drug Free Sports (SAIDS) rules, Croeser was placed under provisional suspension as of 8 October, the date on which he was notified of the adverse analytical finding. The case will now be referred to the Independent Doping Hearing Panel for hearing and adjudication. Cycling South Africa respects the independence of the SAIDS process and will respect the outcome.
CSA 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 and extensive testing programmes.