Former Paralympic cycling champion Greg Ball, who had been aiming to compete at London 2012, has been banned for two years after testing positive for the anabolic agent stanozolol at the Australian Track Cycling Championships in February this year.
The ban, imposed by Cycling Australia and recognised today by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) means that Ball, who won gold at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney in the mixed Olympic Sprint LC1-LC3, is excluded from competition until March 2013.
Ball’s results at the championships, in which he set a world record in the C1 men’s kilo, have been annulled, and he must also repay the Australian Sports Commission some A$27,500 in grants and sponsorships that he had received.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.