Tom Boonen walks free of cocaine charge
A Belgian court has dropped the charges in a criminal case against former world cycling champion Tom Boonen over alleged cocaine use.
According to the court, the facts speak for themselves, but it found: "Tom Boonen has already been punished enough." The case will not go before the correctional court which means that the case has been effectively shelved.
The court deemed that Boonen had "been punished enough" in wake of his positive test for cocaine in an out-of-competition doping control last year.
Boonen was barred from last year's Tour de France and Tour de Swiss as a result of the tests.
Belgian prosecutors had opened a case against Boonen into possible cocaine possession after the tests were made public last June. Boonen has never confirmed or denied allegations of cocaine use.
The 2005 world champion is currently participating in the Tour of Qatar.