HAMILTON SAY GOODBYE TO CYCLING WORLDTyler Hamilton, the American cyclist, declared his retirement from the international scenario on Friday due to his positive test findings for a banned substance. Hamilton said that he was battling from depression.

Prior to declaration, Hamilton, the Olympic gold-medal winner, confessed of taking an over-the-counter homeopathic anti-depressant containing the steroid dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances.

In a teleconference the emotional cyclist said, “There are times when you are at such a low, low point anything that you can do — if it was taking a hammer and hitting yourself over the head you’d do it to feel better.” He also said, “I was desperate. Was it the right decision? Absolutely not. At the time I didn’t think about the consequences. The people who suffer from the disease of depression…understand my drastic decision.”

The 38-year-old cyclist said that in 2003 he was first detected with depression and accepted that he got positive for DHEA during an out-of-competition test on February 9 while he was training for the Tour of California. However, Hamilton had denied the allegations that he used the steroid to enhance his performance in his next-to-last finish in the race.

The U.S. national road champion, Hamilton won a gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic. It was in the month of September of that year only that he tested positive for blood doping and got a two-year suspension ban. Meanwhile, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said that despite Hamilton’s retirement, it would reveal the cyclist’s sanction “in the coming months.”

According to the WADA code, a player is subject to a ban from eight years to life time if he is charged second time in a doping offence.

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