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July 26/02 1:28 am - Kelly Guest Sent Home, IOC Supplement Study, O'Bee Released from Navigators

Posted by Editoress on 07/26/02

Kelly Guest Tests Positive, Sent Home from Manchester
Courtesy Commonwealth Games - Canada

Manchester – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) today advised Triathlon Canada of a positive doping test that occurred at the ITU Triathlon World Cup event on July 14th, 2002, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Triathlon Canada has since advised the Canadian Team at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester of this positive test.

The testing of the "A" sample of triathlete Kelly Guest, of Victoria, B.C., was found to be positive for nandrolone or precursors: norandrosterone, with a reading of 3.06 +/- 0.02 ng/ml. This constitutes a doping infraction under the Commonwealth Games Canada's anti-doping policy and the Canadian Policy on Doping in Sport. In accordance with these policies, Kelly Guest has been removed from the Commonwealth Games Team and will be returning home from Manchester July 26th, 2002.

Marg McGregor, Chef de Mission for the Canadian Team in Manchester stated, "Obviously, this is upsetting news for Kelly, the Canadian triathletes, and the entire Commonwealth Games Team. The upcoming weeks will be very difficult for Kelly, and we will do what we can to support him. In the meantime, the overall Canadian team now needs to focus its attention on the 10 days of competition ahead in order to achieve our performance and excellence objectives."

Triathlon Canada's President, Bill Hallett, said: "This is a very difficult time for Kelly, and we will certainly support him throughout this entire process. Triathlon Canada is committed to drug free sport, and the processes which ensure the integrity of our athletes and our Federation. Drugs are not part of the culture of triathlon."

The triathlon competition at the 2002 Commonwealth Games takes place on August 4th, at Salford Quays, with the women's event beginning at 8am, and the men at 11am.

Manchester, le vendredi 26 juillet 2002 – Le Centre canadien d'éthique dans le sport a émis un avis à Triathlon Canada tard hier à l'effet qu'un test positif de dopage avait été obtenu lors de la récente Coupe du monde de triathlon de la Fédération internationale de triathlon, tenue à Edmonton, le 14 juillet dernier. Triathlon Canada a par la suite avisé l'équipe canadienne des Jeux du Commonwealth 2002 de cette situation.

L'échantillon «A» prélevé à partir de l'urine du triathlète Kelly Guest de Victoria s'est avéré positif à la nandrolone et ses précurseurs norandrostérone, affichant une lecture de 3.06 +/- 0.02 ng/ml. Cela constitue une infraction à la politique sur le dopage de Jeux du Commonwealth Canada et à la politique canadienne sur le dopage sportif. Le nom de Kelly Guest a immédiatement été retiré de la liste des membres de l'équipe de triathlon qui participera aux Jeux du Commonwealth à Manchester et des mesures ont été prises afin que l'athlète retourne au Canada dès aujourd'hui.

En vertu de la politique canadienne sur le dopage sportif, la sanction résultant d'une première infraction consiste en une suspension d'une durée de 4 ans au sport d'élite canadien assortie d'une interdiction permanente à bénéficier de toute aide financière provenant du Gouvernement canadien.

Marg McGregor, Chef de la mission canadienne aux Jeux du Commonwealth 2002 à Manchester a commenté cette situation de la façon suivante: «Ēvidemment, ceci est un événement bouleversant pour Kelly, les triathlètes et l'équipe canadienne prenant part aux Jeux. Les semaines à venir seront très difficiles pour Kelly et nous ferons tout en notre pouvoir afin de lui fournir l'appui nécessaire. Entre temps, l'équipe entière doit concentrer toute son attention aux 10 prochains jours de compétition, afin de pouvoir poursuivre nos objectifs de compétition et de performance.»

Le président de Triathlon Canada a pour sa part livré les commentaires suivants au sujet de ce test positif: «Il s'agit d'un moment très difficile pour Kelly actuellement et nous comptons le soutenir tout au long des étapes à venir. Triathlon Canada est fermement engagé dans la poursuite du sport sans drogue et dans les processus visant à préserver l'intégrité de nos athlètes et de notre organisation. Le dopage ne fait pas partie de la culture du triathlon.»

La compétition de triathlon aux Jeux du Commonwealth de Manchester est prévue pour le dimanche 4 août prochain à Salford Quays. L'épreuve féminine sera tenue à compter de 8 h le matin, tandis que les hommes amorceront l'épreuve à 11 h.

Further reading IOC Nutritional Supplements Study Points to need for Greater Quality Control

Based on the results of a study of 634 nutritional supplements, the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today reissued its warning to athletes against their use and strengthened its call for industry and government action to ensure their quality.

Navigators Cycling Team Announcement

With regard to the recent announcement (July 18) made by the U.S. Anti Doping Agency (USADA) concerning Kirk O'Bee, the Navigators Cycling Team has released Kirk from his contractual obligations, effective immediately, in accordance with team policy. The USADA action was taken in response to an agreement with Mr. O'Bee that acknowledges the finding of a single elevated testosterone-epitestosterone ratio following a standard in-competition test on June 10, 2001. Subsequent testing and analysis by the USADA, as well as a private laboratory, found NO evidence of banned substances, methods or exogenous testosterone (ie: anabolic steroids). Elevated t/e ratios can be considered an indication of abnormal endocrine function.

The agreement between USADA and Mr. O'Bee also includes additional future endocrinological exams, which may affect the sanctions taken against Kirk. All anti-doping tests that have been administered to Kirk, as well as the ongoing year-long Health-Monitoring tests mandated by the UCI (for all TT1 and TT2 teams) have been in complete compliance with UCI regulations, and have never been other than "negative." A review of the exams undertaken by Kirk as a member of the Navigators Cycling Team, show testosterone levels that are not only within UCI guidelines, but are in the low-normal range for the general population.

As this situation is clearly a private, personal and medical matter for Kirk and his family, we are reserving any additional comment regarding the applicability of USADA's actions, at this time.

For additional team information: Raymond Cipollini (908) 813-2908, (973) 285-9332 Edward Beamon (973) 220-5262, (973) 285-9332


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