A 90-year-old American cyclist has been stripped of a Masters title and record after returning a positive drugs test, the US Anti-Doping Agency has announced.
Carl Grove claimed ingesting contaminated meat was “more likely than not” the reason for testing positive for epitrenbolone after setting a world record at the Masters Track National Championships on July 11 last year.
USADA said that before eating the meat, Grove had tested negative for banned substances after an in-competition test on July 10. During the investigation, it was also determined that a supplement Grove used before July 11 was contaminated with clomiphene.
A statement on USADA’s website read: “USADA announced that Carl Grove, of Bristol, Ind., an athlete in the sport of cycling, has accepted a public warning for his anti-doping rule violations.
“Grove, 90, tested positive for epitrenbolone, which is a metabolite of the prohibited substance trenbolone, as the result of an in-competition urine sample he provided on July 11, 2018 after setting a world record at the Masters Track National Championships.
“During USADA’s investigation into the circumstances of his case, Grove provided USADA with information which established that the source of his positive test was more likely than not caused by contaminated meat consumed the evening before competing on July 11, 2018. Prior to consuming the meat, Grove had tested negative for prohibited substances during an in-competition test on July 10, 2018.
“Since his positive sample was collected in-competition, Grove has been disqualified from competitive results obtained on July 11, 2018, the date his sample was collected.”