Belgium to name and shame drug stars

13th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

13 November 2003 , BRUSSELS – 123 Belgian sportsmen and women who failed random drugs tests during the first nine months of this year are set to be publicly named and shamed.

13 November 2003

BRUSSELS – 123 Belgian sportsmen and women who failed random drugs tests during the first nine months of this year are set to be publicly named and shamed.

Flemish Sports Minister Marino Keulen intends to post the names of all sportsmen and women who tested positive for drugs this year on a ministerial website.

The move comes after a distinct marked in the number of drugs cases discovered this year - over seven percent of drugs test proved positive in 2004, compared to just three percent last year.

Testing authorities are linking the higher figures to an increase in the number of checks and their more targeted nature. Fewer checks are also being leaked beforehand.

Cycling has the worst number of culprits with 13 percent of those tested found to be taking illegal substances.

Jockeys are also on the blacklist with several refusing to be tested at recent race meets at Ostend and Waregem.

Volleyball and canoeing were found to be among the cleanest sports in Belgium.

Subject: Belgian news

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