David George: Two-Month reduction in Sanction
David George, cyclist, who tested positive for EPO in 2012 received a two month reduction in his sanction. His sanction was poised to expire at the end of November 2014.
The reduction was in line with the SA Anti-Doping Rules (Article 10.5.3) where an athlete provides substantial assistance to an Anti-Doping Authority. The same panel that ruled on the initial sanction of Mr George, evaluated the substantial assistance submission application by SAIDS on behalf of the athlete. The panel accepted the substantial nature and quality of the assistance provided by the athlete.
The details of the substantial assistance will not be disclosed as investigations are still ongoing and disclosure will reveal the testing strategy of the agency. Cycling South Africa, WADA and the UCI have received the detailed reasoned decision. These entities have the right to appeal the reduction in sanction should they feel that the assistance provided by the athlete did not satisfy the criteria as outlined in the Anti-Doping Rules.
The clause on substantial assistance is part of the World Anti-Doping Code to provide an incentive for athletes to co-operate with anti-doping authorities.
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