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April 4, 2016
Cycling: Gregory Lovell Suspended 2 Years for Steroids, Pope Awaits Fate
Gregory Lovell and Byron Pope finished second and third in the 26th Annual Krem New Year’s Cycling Classic. It was a proud day for Belizean sports enthusiasts and a great way to start the year. Unfortunately, both cyclists later tested positive for banned substances in tests conducted on urine samples collected immediately after that race. The Results Management Authority of the Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO-CAM) handed down its sanction against Gregory Lovell on Wednesday, March 30, and fans must prepare themselves to be without a favourite for two long years. Gregory Lovell’s and Byron Pope’s samples returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF), which means they failed the Anti-Doping Test. Lovell tested positive for a Glucocorticoid Steroid. The In-Competition prohibited substance that he tested for was Dexamethasone. The exact prohibited substance Pope tested positive for has not been released as yet, since RADO has not handed down his sentence. The Results Management Authority of the Regional Anti-Doing Organisation (RADO-CAM) held its hearing on 1st March, 2016, where the facts were presented to the cyclists. A second hearing was held on Wednesday, March 23. The panel included a RADO representative from Panama who chaired the session. He was joined by a representative from the national anti-doping agency of Honduras and Nick Dujon from Belize. It was decided that Lovell will be banned from racing for two years. The suspension will take effect from March 10, 2016. He will be tested from time to time by the National Anti-Doping Organisation during this period. The Results Management Authority of the Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO-CAM) is expected to hand down its decision on Byron Pope in two weeks time. Pope, in an interview with 7 News, said he used an anti inflammatory that he mixed with Icy Hot. This is what he believes led to his positive test. These suspensions shows a true need for an education campaign in the Cycling Association. Most local cyclists are not familiar with the list of banned substances and products in which they are active ingredients. http://www.guardian.bz/component/content/article/53-headlines/11133-gregory-lovell-suspended-2-years-for-steroids-pope-awaits-fate