Carl Grove, the 90-year-old US rider who was recently stripped of his individual pursuit world record by anti-doping authorities, has suggested that the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to test him was a waste of money. He told the Associated Press that USADA should give up on testing athletes over 65.
Grove tested positive for a metabolite of the banned substance trenbolone on July 11, 2018, after setting a world record at the US Masters Track National Championships. Grove won the 90-94 age group Individual Pursuit, setting a new world record 03:06:129. He was the lone competitor in his age group.
USADA investigated his case and admitted that Grove’s failed test was likely due to the inadvertent consumption of the substance through contaminated meat but said that it still had to issue him with a public warning, the least-serious punishment available. Under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules, athletes are ultimately responsible for what they eat and drink and the consequences of any contamination.
Reports suggest that Grove enjoyed a liver dinner after setting a new record in the 500-metre time trial event at the championships. He competed in the Pursuit event the next day and then tested positive.
“Cases like this make us bang our head against the wall,” USADA boss Travis Tygart admitted to the Associated Press after news of Grove’s case sparked global headlines. “The outcome is not right and it’s a system gone awry. He ate meat and had a test that you then can’t just sweep under the carpet as much as you might otherwise want to.”
Grove said that taxpayers’ money would be better spent on catching more serious offenders.
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