Vijay Singh, Fiji’s former world number-one golfer, is suing the US PGA Tour for banning him from competition without a test for using ‘deer antler spray’, which is said to stimulate muscle growth using natural anabolic hormone.
Singh admitted in January to using the substance, which contains small amounts of a growth hormone banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The PGA Tour suspended Singh after his admission, but he successfully appealed on the grounds that the spray was no longer considered a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency "unless a positive test results."
Singh's lawsuit, submitted in New York, claims the ban left him "humiliated, ridiculed, and emotionally distraught."
He said in a statement: "I am proud of my achievement, my work ethic and the way I live my life. The PGA Tour not only treated me unfairly, but displayed a lack of professionalism that should concern every professional golfer and fan of the game."
The three-time major tournament winner "seeks damages for the PGA Tour's reckless administration and implementation of its Anti-Doping Programme."
Singh's attorney, Peter Ginsberg, added: "The PGA Tour could have known by conducting some basic testing and research, the product that Singh sprayed contained no active biological ingredient and could not possibly have provided any performance enhancement."