POSTED: September 19th 2008

Two-year ban for Roland

Special Correspondent / Sports Features Communications

SYDNEY: Australian cyclist Mark Roland has been banned for two years – and will not appeal – even though he never failed a formal dope test.

Roland competed professionally with the 2003 Giant Asia Racing Team and won a criterium of the 2003 Southbank Grand-Prix Classic.

However, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) says Roland was found to have used human growth hormone on August 27 and December 5, 2003, and the anabolic steroid Dehydroepiandrosterone on August 27 and December 5, 2003, as well as November 16, 2004.

Richard Ings, chairman of ASADA, said the case was significant because of the absence of a positive test. Instead the disciplinary case had been based on evidence obtained by investigators.

He also confirmed that the offences had been committed within the eight-year statute of limitations period mandated in the World Anti-Doping Agency Code.

“This sanction clearly illustrates that athletes do not need to return a positive test to be found to have violated anti-doping rules,” said Ings.  “In this case ASADA investigators, working in partnership with other government agencies, identified and prosecuted a serious doping violation that could not have been detected through normal testing procedures.”

Roland must forfeit all competition results from his first use of human growth hormone on August 27, 2003, until his most recent competitive event on April 25, 2008. He will be eligible to return to sporting competition at midnight on April 24, 2010.

ASADA's mission statement describes its role as "to protect Australia’s sporting integrity through the elimination of doping."

Keywords · Mark Roland · cycling · ASADA · Richard Ings

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