Moller admits use of EPO
Danish Bjarne Moller admitted to the use of performance enhancers during a training camp in South Africa last March 18-26. The 30-year-old Dane was in preparation for the SpecSavers Ironman South Africa in Port Elizabeth on April 25. Moller was subsequently banned by the Sports Confederation of Denmark. A doping committee is in the process of investigating Moller’s case.
Moller was removed from the Challenge Copenhagen race since all pro athletes signed a contract with YWC Sports not to take any EPO drugs.
Challenge Copenhagen issued a statement regarding the decision on Moller’s ban.
“Due to the fact that danish pro triathlete Bjarne Møller has admitted the use of EPO during a training camp in South Africa during 18th to 26th of March, he is instantly deleted from the start list of Challenge Copenhagen. All pro athletes signs a contract with YWC Sports were he “…assures that he has not committed any offense against the anti-doping regulations and that he will not commit such offense in the future.” – due to this combined with the athletes admitted use of the substances, we have decided to remove Bjarne Møller from the list of participants in Challenge Copenhagen. We take strong actions against the use of doping in triathlon in corporation with Anti Doping Denmark, but also in the contract we sign with pro athletes.”
There is a possibility that Moller will face up to two years of racing ban due to this incident. There is also online speculation that Moller turned himself in, before being tested for EPO.
Moller was a multiple medal recipient in the Danish Tirathlon Championship. He finished third at the 2009 Danish Long Distance Champs. He also won the Beach2Battleship iron-distance race in North Carolina.