DARCY Ward has been ‘provisionally suspended’ by the FIM and will sit out this weekend’s Grand Prix in Poland.
The Australian, who failed an alcohol test at the last round in Latvia, is now awaiting the findings of the FIM International Disciplinary Court. His place in Saturday’s meeting at Gorzow, round nine of this year’s series, will be taken by first reserve Michael Jepsen Jensen.
An FIM statement issued today (Thursday) advised Ward that he “is provisionally suspended (with effect from August 28) pursuant to Article 7.5 of the FIM Anti-doping Code”.
The official SGP website reports: “The decision to provisionally suspend Darcy Ward was taken following the receipt of a report from the FIM Track Racing Commission indicating that the result of an anti-doping control (alcohol test conducted by analysis of breath) carried out by the FIM on the rider at the Grand Prix of Latvia, round of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship held at Daugavpils on August 17, 2014, revealed the presence of alcohol above the threshold of 0.10g/L as fixed under the FIM Anti-doping Code.
“In accordance with Article 8.1.1 of the FIM Anti-doping Code and Article 3.3.2 of the FIM Disciplinary and Arbitration Code, the case will be referred to the FIM International Disciplinary Court (CDI) which will adjudicate on the merits of the case.
“For the duration of his Provisional Suspension, Mr Darcy Ward is barred from participating in any competition.
“Under the World Anti-Doping Code and the FIM Anti-Doping Code, the FIM is unable to provide any additional information at this time.”