CCES has conducted it’s first investigation and sanction against athlete support personnel since the new doping laws came into effect at the beginning of this year. For the first time, an athlete, coach and physician have been charged with committing an anti-doping rule violation.
Geneviève Jeanson, a retired cyclist, has admitted to repeatedly using erythropoetin (EPO) during her cycling career.
Ms. Jeanson implicated her coach, Andre Aubut, and her physician, Dr. Maurice Duquette, in the administration of a prohibited substance to a minor (Ms. Jeanson) and that they assisted, aided and abetted the administration of a prohibited substance.
As a result of Ms. Jeanson’s ready assistance in establishing anti-doping rule violations against her physician and coach, her sanction was reduced from lifetime sport ineligibility to 10 years, along with permanent ineligibility for federal funding.
The CCES’ investigation concluded that cycling coach Mr. Aubut directly administered a prohibited substance (EPO) to Ms. Jeanson during her cycling career. In response to the CCES’ assertion of the anti-doping rule violation, Mr. Aubut exercised his right to proceed to a hearing.
Physician Dr. Duquette acknowledged the violation and waived his right to a hearing. He received a sanction of lifetime sport ineligibility.
“We have a duty to protect athletes’ right to a sport experience that is free from the pressure to dope exerted by individuals in positions of authority over athletes,” said Paul Melia, President and CEO of the CCES.
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