Ben An accepts sanction and explains himself


Ben An accepts sanction and explains himself
Ben An accepts sanction and explains himself © Getty Images Sport - Dylan Buell / Stringer

Suspended by the PGA Tour for three months after a positive doping test, the Korean Byeong Hun An released a press release in which he explains the mistake he committed. The winner of the 2015 BMW PGA Championship (DP World Tour) did not look for evasions and readily accepted the suspension imposed on him by the PGA Tour.

The Korean player published a story on Instagram in which he provides some explanations on the nature of this positive test for a prohibited substance.

Byeong Hun An, statements

“Last August, I suffered from a severe cough and headaches.

As my symptoms worsened, my mother recommended an over-the-counter Korean medicine to treat the ailments. I took this medication without first checking that it contained a product on the PGA Tour's list of banned substances.

This is the only time I have used this medication and it was not for the purpose of improving my performance. » “I regret not having been more careful and I take full responsibility for my actions. I would like to thank the PGA Tour for helping and supporting me in the sanctioning process and I look forward to being able to return to competition next year".

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