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Peter Bol cleared of doping after B-sample comes back clean

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Olympian Peter Bol has revealed his provisional suspension for doping has been lifted following further testing.

The 800m star was last month suspended after an anti-doping test returned a positive result to synthetic erythropoietin (EPO). 

At the time, Bol pleaded his innocence and anticipated the results of a test on his B sample.

On Tuesday, the 28-year-old released a statement to announce he’d been cleared of wrongdoing.

“Last month I told everyone that I was innocent and asked that everyone in Australia believe me and let the process play out,” Bol wrote in a statement. 

“I was hopeful that the process would exonerate me. This morning, I am relieved to report that it did. 

“I was just informed that my B Sample did not confirm my A Sample. My provisional suspension has been lifted by Sport Integrity Australia. The relief I am feeling is hard to describe. 

“I appreciate the support I have received from my family, my team and from so many people from Australia and around the world. The last month has been nothing less than a nightmare. 

“I wish that the results of my A Sample had not been leaked, but there is nothing I can do about that. 

“To say it one more time: I am innocent and have not taken this substance as I was accused. 

“I have NEVER in my life purchased, researched, possessed, administered, or used synthetic EPO or any other Prohibited Substance, and never will.”

Former ASADA boss Richard Ings offered some insight into the situation, revealing it’s rare to have differing results across the two samples.

More to come.

Who is Peter Bol?

The 28-year-old shot to prominence when finishing fourth in the final of the 800m at the Tokyo Olympics.

Earlier, Bol had won admirers by leading the whole way to claim victory in the semi final at the Games.

Last year, at the Commonwealth Games, Bol came away with the silver medal in the 800m.

As a child, Bol and his family fled war-torn Sudan, eventually settling in Perth by way of Toowoomba.

Bol, having been named WA’s Young Australian of the Year, was considered a good chance to take out last month’s national award until the doping allegations.

Credit: sportingnews.com

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