Posted by Editor on 11/27/14
Cycling Canada was extremely disappointed to learn of the anti-doping rule violation by road cyclist William Goodfellow through in-competition testing in August of this year [See Daily News - Quebec Road Pro William Goodfellow Caught for Doping]. There is no room in the sport for deliberate attempts to cheat as this attacks the ethical basis for sport and the values that fair competition promotes.
"We have always said, and will continue to say, that cheating to achieve performances is not and will never be tolerated. We unequivocally advocate for a clean approach to victory for all cyclists in Canada. We have been collaborating diligently with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) on all fronts, and we will relentlessly continue to do so as we promote a drug-free sport," said John Tolkamp, President of Cycling Canada.
Cycling Canada has been extremely vigilant within the cycling community. As a result of this vigilance and determination a cyclist was caught in the process of cheating. The national organization will build on its on-going education efforts for a clean sport. The primary focus will be its RaceClean program aimed at ensuring riders compete with integrity within Canadian Cycling. Cycling Canada educates National Team and other athletes to never use performance enhancing drugs and always race clean. RaceClean was created from the base up, by the athletes, for the athletes that believe in a drug-free sport
The recently completed National Consultation On Doping Activity In The Sport Of Cycling found that education efforts directed towards younger participants in the sport would be the best investment by the stakeholders towards building true sport values within the riders.
While any anti-doping rule violation is disconcerting, it is only through continued vigilance in testing to deter cheating and enhanced education to prevent it that we can rid the sport of this ongoing problem.
Cycling Canada and the CCES need your help to eliminate doping. You may provide information anonymously on suspected doping activity by calling the HOTLINE 1-800-710-2237 or go to www.cces.ca/en/reportdoping.
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