A three-member arbitration panel has issued a two-year suspension of David Clinger for a positive testosterone test at last year’s national elite championships in Bend, Oregon.
. . . The 32-year-old Clinger is a former member of the U.S. Postal, Festina and Rock Racing teams. Clinger tested positive for synthetic testosterone and modafinil in a sample collected from him on July 30, 2009, following his finish in the road race.
Synthetic testosterone is prohibited as an anabolic agent and modafinil is prohibited as a stimulant on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. Clinger accepted a provisional suspension on September 3, 2009, and his suspension will last until two years from that date.
According to the panel’s decision, Clinger admitted to taking both substances, but said he was doing so after following the recommendations of his physician. Clinger’s doctor, Sean Ponce of ATM Medical in Sandy Utah, confirmed that the rider had started testosterone therapy under a California physician’s supervision in 2008.
Also, take a look at Flahute is saying:
From reading the arbitration decision, it appears that Clinger did not intend to cheat, and that the arbitration panel recognized that, but found that there was insufficient extraordinary cause to vacate the finding or to reduce his suspension.
I just hope that this setback doesn’t send Clinger back down the wrong path that he was on prior to moving to Utah and going through rehab, and that he’ll be able to weather this particular storm and come out stronger on the other side.
Read the rest: flahute.com/2010/03/20/david-clinger-suspended-for-doping-violation/.