Van der Linde fails 2002 dope test

Former EFDA Formula Opel Euroseries champion and current BMW Production Car driver, Ettiene van der Linde has tested positive for banned substances following a routine dope test after a championship race at Kyalami late last year. Van der Linde...

Former EFDA Formula Opel Euroseries champion and current BMW Production Car driver, Ettiene van der Linde has tested positive for banned substances following a routine dope test after a championship race at Kyalami late last year.

Van der Linde was found guilty of a doping offence in terms of MSA's regulations. MSA found that his explanation that the banned substance was used to combat back pain was noted, but could not be considered as a mitigating factor.

Van der Linde's results from the Kyalami race meeting on November 23, at which he tested positive, were excluded. Van der Linde was further fined R30 000 and his competition licence was suspended until February 20, which is two days before the South African season opener.

Unlike F3000 driver, Tomas Enge, van der Linde has kept the points gained prior to the race and will not miss any races this season.

Dr John Boden, president of the MSA medical panel, said Van der Linde had been found guilty of a doping offence and, as such, MSA was obliged to sanction him and report the offence to the South African Police Services (as the substance used by Van der Linde was considered illegal).

In his response, Van der Linde said the substance, Stanazolol, had been administered to him via a course of injections he had "received from a medically-unqualified third party" in an attempt to treat back pain (having previously had a back operation) and has appealed the decision.

-msa-

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