Cycling South Africa reports that veteran cyclist Austin Steyn returned an adverse analytical finding in an in-competition test conducted by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) on 12 October 2014 at the Amashova road race. The analytical report confirmed the presence of the Stimulant Phentermine in his urine sample.
Following the tribunal conducted by an Independent Doping Hearing Panel held on 24 March 2015, Mr. Steyn was found guilty and received a two year ban from all sport effective from 12 October 2014 to 11 October 2016.
Cycling South Africa respects the independence of the process and respects the outcome. Cycling SA 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 outreach and education programmes and extensive testing.
All cyclists are urged to avail themselves of all the resources available to them to ensure a drug-free career in sport. In addition, all cyclists are advised to exercise extreme caution at all times with regards to any food and/or medical products they may come into contact with.