Tuesday 14 July, 2020

TTO cyclists’ lawyer: They did not take performance enhancers

None of the members of the Trinidad and Tobago national cycling team tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. This, according to the team’s lawyer, Tyrone Marcus. 

In an update to the ongoing feud between the Pan Am Games and the local team, Marcus says the matter still stands before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He called their decision to publicise the matter ‘premature’. 

Marcus revealed that according to the World Anti-Doping Code, the substance found in the cyclist who had his medal stripped was described as that which is “more likely to have been consumed by an athlete for a purpose other than the enhancement of sport performance.” 

This means that no member of the team tested positive for an anabolic steroid, masking agent, or any other substance that may suggest an intention to cheat or to gain an unfair competitive advantage over his competitors. 

Marcus says the integrity of the national team has come under unfair scrutiny as a result of the claims. 

In December, the Pan Am Games announced that they were stripping the Trinidadian team of gold and silver medals acquired in Lima due to claims of doping. 

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