I’m innocent’ – Australian Olympic track star Peter Bol fails drugs test

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Australian Olympic track star Peter Bol said he was innocent and “in total shock” Friday after being provisionally suspended for failing an out-of-competition drugs test

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The 800-metre runner, who narrowly missed bronze when he finished fourth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics behind Kenyan winner Emmanuel Korir, returned the positive result on January 10

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Athletics Australia chief Peter Bromley said Bol’s A sample showed an Adverse Analytical Finding for performance-enhancing Erythropoietin Receptor Agonists

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It is critically important to convey with the strongest conviction that I am innocent and have not taken this substance as I am accused,” the Sudan-born Bol, a silver medallist at last year’s Commonwealth Games, said on social media

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The 28-year-old said he was in “total shock” when told that a urine sample had returned a positive test

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To be clear, I have NEVER purchased, researched, possessed, administered, or used synthetic EPO or any other prohibited substance

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