Commonwealth Games 800m silver medallist, Peter Bol is pleading innocence after being busted by Athletics Australia in October last year for a failed positive to the banned drug erythropoietin (EPO).
The 28-year-old says he was stunned when told of the test result last week.
“I am innocent and have not taken this substance as I am accused,” Bol posted on Twitter. “I ask that everyone in Australia believe me.”
The Sudanese born said his “career, hopes and dreams” hinge on the result of a B sample from the October test which would be known next month.
‘In total shock’
“When I found out last week that the A Sample from a urine test taken on 11 October had tested positive for synthetic EPO, I was in total shock,” he wrote.
“To be clear, I have NEVER in my life purchased, researched, possessed, administered, or used synthetic EPO or any other prohibited substance. “I voluntarily turned over my laptop, iPad and phone to Sport Integrity Australia to prove this.
“I have requested the analysis of my B Sample which will take place in February.
“Given the subjective nature of interpreting this kind of test, I have asked that the lab perform a secondary confirmation.
“Above all, I remain hopeful that the process will exonerate me.
“My career, hopes and dreams are literally hanging in the balance over these next few weeks.” Provisionally banned
The Australia’s national 800m record holder could also be stripped of his West Australian Young Australian of the Year award. He is a candidate for the national award to be announced in Canberra next week.