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Tests of SA Cyclists 'Suspicious'
2013-03-04 13:52:50.551 GMT
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March 4 (SAPA) -- Retroactive EPO (Erythropoietin) testing
of 50 cyclists from events in 2012 indicate continued doping in
South African cycling, the SA Institute for Drug-free Sport
(Saids) said on Monday.
The doping control samples of some cyclists were classified
as "suspicious" but not conclusive to elicit doping charges.
"In light of these results we will be changing up our
strategy so that cyclists are aware that we are very serious
about cleaning up sport," Saids CEO Khalid Galant said in a
"Our aggressive testing strategy will hopefully serve as a
deterrent to those that have been engaging in doping practices
and to those who believe they can still beat the doping control
The samples, taken from athletes who competed in major
mountain and road races in 2012 and stored in a laboratory in
Bloemfontein, were sent to the Saids peer lab in Austria for
confirmation analyses. The analyses were inconclusive.