Nedbank Suspends sponsorship of local cycling team after positive drug test!

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https://www.facebook.com/notes/nedbank/suspension-of-360life-cycling-team/423709621016147

6 November 2012 – Today, Nedbank announced the immediate suspension of its sponsored professional cycling team, Team 360Life. The suspension follows an adverse analytical finding in one of the samples taken during a random out of competition test of team rider David George. While other team members are not implicated, the suspension of the team will continue until further notice.

Nedbank has a zero tolerance towards the use of any banned substances or performance enhancing drugs and does not condone or support such use in any sport. Nedbank will support the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport, Cycling South Africa and Union Cycliste International in promoting clean conduct in the cycling fraternity.
Wow, this seems like a completely tainted sport! :(
 

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From Twitter....

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South African #cycling champion David #George, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, has tested positive for the banned drug EPO.
 

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Cant say I'm surprised really. They should just legalise the drugs and level the playing field.
That very suggestion was made yesterday on radio, and the result of the debate was that whoever had the most money for the best drugs, would still win.
 

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Soon... I'd be surprised if anyone will ever get paid to ride a bike ever again.
 

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Is this even a surprise to anyone? Who in that sport isn't doped up to the eyeballs in steroids and old blood...
 

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Top South African cyclist bust for doping

http://mg.co.za/article/2012-11-06-top-sa-cyclist-david-george-bust-for-doping

One of South Africa's foremost cyclists, David George, has tested positive for the banned EPO drug and faces a charge of doping.

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"The blood test showed suspicious activity with regard to possible manipulation of the blood profile and a subsequent urine test came back positive for the banned EPO [Erythropoietin] drug," the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) chief executive, Khalid Galant said.
George has a long record of achievement in local cycling circles after competing in three Olympics and finishing on the podium at the 2012 Absa Cape Epic.
"His biological passport, which analyses the athlete's blood profile indicated suspicious activity and that triggered a targeted test for EPO. EPO testing gives us a window of between six and 12 hours for testing because that's how long it will show up in a test," Galant added.
George teamed up with disgraced cycling icon Lance Armstrong when he competed for the US Postal Service cycling team between 1999 and 2000.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour De France titles and banned from cycling for life this October after the US Anti-Doping Agency found him guilty of doping throughout his career.
EPO is a hormone that artificially increases the red blood cell count, therefore increasing the athlete's oxygen-carrying capacity and, in turn, enhance performance.
The drug is beneficial to endurance athletes, who compete over long distances in sports such as cycling, running and triathlon.
As a result of the finding, George is provisionally suspended with immediate effect from competing in any event and the SAIDS will subject him to an independent tribunal to investigate the doping charge.
"Cycling South Africa respects the independence of the SAIDS process and will respect the outcome," William Newman, president of Cycling South Africa said.
"Cycling South Africa further reiterates its zero tolerance to doping in sport and confirms that there is no evidence of this being an endemic problem in the sport in South Africa."
George’s suspension and doping allegation has not only affected him. Nedbank has announced, with immediate effect, the suspension of Team 360Life - its sponsored professional cycling team.
"Nedbank has a zero tolerance towards the use of any banned substances or performance enhancing drugs and does not condone or support such use in any sport," Tabby Tsengiwe of the bank's group communications said.
Nedbank Team 360Life represents other premier South African cyclists Kevin Evans and James Reid, and are also known for their efforts in promoting transformation in the sport in South Africa.
George was not available for comment at the time of publishing.
 

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That very suggestion was made yesterday on radio, and the result of the debate was that whoever had the most money for the best drugs, would still win.
Same could be said for the equipment and apparel. Maybe it's time for the naked olympics...
 

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Interesting reading the general public's general reaction, and outcry, to doping in cycling. Barely a murmur when confronted with doping in athletics.

Find any professional sport where there is no cheating. Anyone care to discuss the "sport" of bodybuilding?

It is an obvious equation. Throw money at a sport and the propensity to cheat increases directly proportionately. Until recently there was very little money in MTB.
 

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shoot all cyclists on sight. just in case.
:D Funny, yet great idea. They're always veering into the road.
Rather pull over and shake their hands. An overall healthy population benefits all. Rather shoot the sickly unhealthy ones who put a burden on our medical system, increase our medical aid rates and life insurance premiums...
 

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Rather pull over and shake their hands. An overall healthy population benefits all. Rather shoot the sickly unhealthy ones who put a burden on our medical system, increase our medical aid rates and life insurance premiums...
How does shooting people help life insurance premiums? You didn't think that one through. :p
 

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Lol and everyone had something to say some time back when I said I bet you Armstrong is guilty and that ALL pro sportsmen / women use illegal performance enhancing drugs
 

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Interesting reading the general public's general reaction, and outcry, to doping in cycling. Barely a murmur when confronted with doping in athletics.

Find any professional sport where there is no cheating. Anyone care to discuss the "sport" of bodybuilding?

It is an obvious equation. Throw money at a sport and the propensity to cheat increases directly proportionately. Until recently there was very little money in MTB.
Chess?
 

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How does shooting people help life insurance premiums? You didn't think that one through. :p
Apologies, used to referring to risk cover and as life insurance. Disability and dread disease cover should not be affected. Although the insurers could just as easily add an exclusion for shooting if the idea catches on ;)

Actually the truth is that it would provide for an interesting actuarial study. Would killing all the sick people really affect life insurance premiums? After all these people are more of a risk to insurers anyway so getting rid of them may indeed improve things.
 
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