CAPITAL cyclist Bruce Croall has been hit with a six-month doping ban despite being cleared of taking an illegal stimulant intentionally.
And, because the National Anti-Doping Panel back-dated the suspension to the time of his offence last October – meaning it expired on April 9 – the veteran City of Edinburgh ace will be free to compete at this summer’s Commonwealth Games if selected.
A panel agreed that Croall had tested positive for Oxilofrine, a “specified substance” under the UCI’s Anti-Doping Rules, as a result of using a supplement Dorian Yates Nox Pump. Croall, the Scottish kilo champion, tested positive at the UCI World Track Masters in Manchester on October 6 and October 9 last year.
The 35-year-old had declared his use of the supplement but became concerned when it was referred to as unsafe at a Scottish Cycling presentation later that month. Following the failed tests, Croall immediately agreed to a voluntary suspension. The National Anti-Doping Panel’s decision has cleared Croall of deliberately doping but found him to be “at a significant degree of fault”.
A statement read: “Mr Croall has proved to our comfortable satisfaction that Oxilofrine entered his body through his ingestion of Dorian Yates Nox Pump. We make no finding as to how such Oxilofrine came to be present in the supplement, Dorian Yates Nox Pump. We note that the list of ingredients that appears on the supplement’s packaging contains no reference to Oxilofrine nor is there any listed ingredient that has been proved to contain it. We accept Mr Croall did not intend to enhance his performance by taking that substance.”