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Singh cleared of doping

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April 30, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Vijay Singh was unaware of the banned substance in the deer-antler spray © Getty Images
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Vijay Singh will not be suspended by the PGA Tour after he was cleared of using a banned substance.

The three-time major winner admitted earlier in the year to using deer-antler spray, but was unaware it contained the banned substance IGF-1. The 50-year-old was allowed to continue to play on the tour while the case was investigated.

Singh had appealed a sanction imposed by the PGA Tour.

In a statement, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said: "The PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policy provides that an admission to the use of a prohibited substances is a violation of the policy even if there is no positive drug test.

"[The World Anti-Doping Agency] clarified that it no longer considers the use of deer antler spray to be prohibited unless a positive test results."

WADA then released a statement to the PGA Tour which read: "In relation to your pending IGF-1 matter, it is the position of WADA, in applying the Prohibiting List, that the use of 'deer antler spray' (which is known to contain small amounts of IGF-1) is not considered prohibited."

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