Christian Craig was notified in January that an adverse finding was discovered in some of his anti-doping tests from Daytona the previous year. Now, a considerable amount of time later, Craig has been handed the results of his hearing. The result of all of this is that he cannot race again until March 9 2020, which would mean any hopes of a 250SX title on either coast are dashed. The news was announced via the following statement.
"Woke up this morning to the results of my CDI hearing. The three person panel of judges, whom are appointed by the FIM, decided on a two-year suspension from the testing date (March 10th, 2018). The two-year suspension would mean I can no longer race until March 9th, 2020 and all results in between will be cleared.
"The FIM wanted the source of the trace amount of heptaminol. It's almost impossible to provide proof of source when they waited 10.5 months before notifying me – a delay they have not explained and have only offered an apology. Although the FIM have stated they don't believe I intentionally ingested the substance, they argue I was negligent on ensuring everything that went into my body was examined by a medical doctor.
"I will be appealing FIM's decision to the Court of Arbitration of Sport."
When Craig first addressed the issue a couple of months ago, he stated that he had never heard of heptaminol and spent months doing tests to identify where the trace came from. At that point he was convinced that his "positive test came from a contaminated supplement."
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