Belgian cycling champ to face doping trial
3 October 2005, BRUSSELS – The former cycling champion, Belgian Johan Museeuw, is to face a criminal trial for allegations he possessed illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
3 October 2005
BRUSSELS – The former cycling champion, Belgian Johan Museeuw, is to face a criminal trial for allegations he possessed illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
On Monday, news agency Belga reported that the public prosecutor's office in Kortrijk is to try him and another 10 people for doping offences.
Among other well-known sporting figures to be prosecuted are the former professional cyclists Mario De Clercq, Chris Peers and Jo Planckaert and amateurs Vico Henderickx, Birger Donie and Oliver Penney – all Belgians.
The seven are alleged to have taken growth hormones, stimulants, steroids and testosterone, on the list of banned substances of the World Anti-doping Agency.
Also to face trial is vet José Landuyt, who advised the cyclists, and attendant Herman Versele.
The scandal first came to light in September 2003 when phone-tapping caught Museeuw and Landuyt talking of the drugs, however initial testing cleared Museeuw of doping.
Museeuw retired in 2004 after a glorious cycling career in which he won the World Cup twice. However, the reputation of the 'Lion of Flanders' was spoiled when a few months later, the Belgian cyclists association BWB found him guilty of doping and awarded him a four-year suspension, two of which were probationary.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news