The olympic medallist Clara Hughes admits in his biography Open Heart, Open Mind , to be published tomorrow that it has already failed a doping test.
Cycling Canada is said to have been informed by the athlete in a press release, on the 27th of August last, and was obliged to respond last night.
“Clara Hughes has provided Cycling Canada with a copy of the extract from the manuscript in which she reveals that she had tested positive for a banned substance in 1994, the ephedrine,” says the organization.
In an interview with the CBC, Hughes also explains that she is still struggling today to understand what could happen. She is said to have been informed of the results of his tests a few months after the world championships in cycling in Sicily, in 1994, by Pierre Hutsebaut, who was then in charge of the national team.
“I don’t know what happened. I have never talked about it, ” she said to CBC.
“I have no excuse.”
“But it is real and it makes me sick. It makes me sick, because I know that I haven’t done anything, but it sounds hollow to say that 21 years later. ”
She assumed that someone would have been able to add something in his water bottle without his knowledge or that something could occur in the laboratory.
Suspend three months
Anyway, at the end of the competitive season, Hughes was sentenced to a three-month suspension. The athlete, as well as three other people have then decided not divulging the matter.
Cycling Canada reports this situation in its press release, but be on guard to identify these people. The organization has, however, made it clear yesterday in reaction to these revelations that she called for a disclosure of a ” full, fair and open to all infractions related to doping.
Ephedrine is a stimulant present in decongestants such as Sudafed. Although banned in many sports, the use of this stimulant is common among athletes. It dilates the bronchial tubes and reduces feelings of fatigue, in particular.
Clara Hughes also other revelations in his biography. According to the CBC, she confided to suffer from eating disorders who are not strangers to its problems of depression.
She is also on her childhood with an alcoholic father, but also about his difficult relationship with one of his coaches.
Despite these hardships, Clara Hughes has had a great career as much to the olympic Games, winter and summer. She has won six olympic medals (two in cycling and four in speed skating), including a gold at the winter olympics in Turin in 2006. It is also the only Canadian to have climbed on the podium at winter olympics and summer.
On Twitter, the athlete has shared the article from the CBC, adding that it was part of the interview is the most difficult one she has granted.
The former freestyle skier and chef de mission for the olympic Games of Rio in 2016, Jean-Luc Brassard, has reacted to the revelations of Clara Hughes.
“It is a little mysterious and all that, but Clara has never hidden his past, and it has always been of great honesty and integrity,” says the gold medalist at the olympic winter Games in Lillehammer in 1994.
“She has always said that the sport had saved the life. We don’t know what happened, but I can tell you that nowadays, athletes are monitored 24 hours on 24 throughout their career. At least we learn something else in the next few days, the information that Clara has chosen to reveal changes nothing for me, and to the extraordinary athlete that she was. ”