1 May 2013

Former world golf number one cleared of doping

12:22 pm on 1 May 2013

The former world golf number one Vijay Singh has been cleared of doping by the PGA Tour despite admitting he used a spray containing a banned substance.

Although he never failed a drugs test, Singh was ruled to have breached golf's rules on doping when he told Sports Illustrated earlier this year he had used deer antler spray.

The spray was found to have contained small extracts a growth hormone, which was on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of prohibited substances.

The PGA Tour imposed a sanction on Singh following his admission but he appealed, saying he was unaware the spray contained any banned substances.

WADA have also informed the PGA Tour the use of deer antler spray isn't prohibited unless a positive test resulted.

Given that advice the PGA has now cleared Singh.