90-Year-Old Cyclist Stripped Of Title After Failing Drug Test
Carl Grove claimed "contaminated meat" was behind a failed drug test that saw him stripped of his cycling world record.
Grove was competing at the U.S. Masters Track National Champions -- the oldest participant at the event -- in July last year.
At 90-years-old, he won the 90-94 sprint category, smashing the world record.
But the US Anti-Doping Association (USADA) has since stripped Grove of his title and issued a public warning to Grove after he tested positive to epitrenbolone following his July 11 race.
Epitrenbolone is a metabolite of the prohibited substance trenbolone.
Investigations into the positive result found that a supplement used by Grover before that date was also contaminated with clomiphene.
But Grove claimed his positive results were caused by contaminated meat he ate prior to the race.
"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," USADA said in a statement.
"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."
Grove had provided USADA with a list of supplements he used, but did not disclose eating the contaminated meat.
USADA has used this as a warning to athletes to make sure they are aware of the risks of taking supplements and understand the rules around the testing process.