French runner Ophelie Claude-Boxberger handed two-year suspension following protracted doping investigation

French runner Ophelie Claude-Boxberger handed two-year suspension following protracted doping investigation

The 32-year-old middle-distance specialist had pleaded her innocence, telling a French Anti-Doping Company (AFLD) unbiased disciplinary committee listening to on March 16 that her ex-father-in-law and assistant, Alain Flaccus, had injected her with EPO with out her information.

French runner Ophelie Claude-Boxberger handed two-year suspension following protracted doping investigation

File picture of Ophelie Claude-Boxberger. AFP

Paris: French runner Ophelie Claude-Boxberger confirmed on Wednesday that she has been banned for 2 years for testing constructive for EPO in September 2019, and can miss the Tokyo Olympics.

The 32-year-old middle-distance specialist had pleaded her innocence, telling a French Anti-Doping Company (AFLD) unbiased disciplinary committee listening to on 16 March that her ex-father-in-law and assistant, Alain Flaccus, had injected her with EPO with out her information.

This argument could have influenced the listening to as a result of the offence carries a most punishment of eight years and Claude-Boxberger has solely obtained a backdated suspension that ends on 5 November this 12 months.

“Given the well being situations, it isn’t a giant disappointment to overlook the Olympics,” the previous French indoor 1,500m and three,000m steeplechase champion advised AFP. “My purpose continues to be to goal for the 2024 Paris Olympics within the marathon.”

“I used to be dealing with eight years, so I might be blissful, however I’m not as a result of I at all times requested to be acquitted. I at all times defined that I used to be harmless,” she mentioned.

The AFLD, which couldn’t be reached by AFP, can attraction the choice.

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