Vi­jay’s suit against PGA goes to trial

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NEW YORK: A New York State Supreme Court judge has ruled that a law­suit by for­mer World No 1 Vi­jay Singh of Fiji against the US PGA Tour should go to trial.

Judge Eileen Bransten par­tially de­nied the tour’s re­quest for a sum­mary judg­ment on the case filed by Vi­jay in May 2013 in which the three-time ma­jor cham­pion, now 54, claimed the tour “reck­lessly ad­min­is­tered its anti-dop­ing pro­gramme.”

Vi­jay claimed the US PGA Tour un­fairly sus­pended him for us­ing deer-antler spray that con­tained the banned sub­stance IGF-1, some­thing he ad­mit­ted do­ing in a Jan­uary 2013 Sports Il­lus­trated ar­ti­cle.

Vi­jay said the tour banned him be­fore con­sult­ing with the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency, which ruled the deer-antler spray was not a vi­o­la­tion if there was no failed drug test.

The tour dropped the dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against Vi­jay, but Vi­jay ar­gued there was dam­age done to his rep­u­ta­tion.

“It is up to a jury to de­ter­mine whether (the PGA Tour’s) de­ci­sion to not con­sult the WADA and/or ig­nore WADA stud­ies and find­ings prior to (Vi­jay’s) sus­pen­sion con­cern­ing deer-antler spray con­sti­tute an ‘ap­pro­pri­ate’ in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Eileen wrote.

She also said that “the ex­tent of dam­ages, if any, should be as­sessed and de­cided at trial” and that the is­sue of whether or not com­ments by tour of­fi­cials vi­o­lated good faith ex­pec­ta­tions “re­mains vi­able.” AFP

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