9 Sep 2010

NZ cyclists banned for doping violation

12:35 pm on 9 September 2010

The New Zealand Commonwealth games cyclist Adam Stewart has been banned for 2 years for anti-doping violations.

The Canterbury track rider has been suspended by the Sports Tribunal for possession and attempting to use prohibited substances.

Stewart admitted to two incidents where he imported 3 substances, including the blood booster EPO, which are prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Stewart also admitted to an earlier incident in 2009 where he ordered and received hCG but got rid of it without using it.

In May, Customs intercepted the drugs intended for Stewart.

Stewart attended the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006 and was a member of the 2009 World Junior Championship winning sprint team.

He was selected to ride the team sprint in Delhi next month.

In a statement the 23 year old says he's made a huge mistake, and while he has never taken any performance enhancing drugs, he's still done something terribly wrong.