Belgian national coach Jose De Cauwer has defended himself from ex-racer Ronny Vansweevelt's accusations, published in Het Laatste Nieuws, that he was a dealer in amphetamines and pot belge. In an interview with Gazet van Antwerpen, De Cauwer said, "I don't know what I was reading. I am no dealer. According Vansweevelt, I made him into an addict. I don't know how many times he came to me begging for amphetamines, which I gave him just once. That I have admitted. My letterbox served as a deposit box for drugs one time only."
De Cauwer described the situation as, "Quite awful. I hope that the judges rule on the basis of facts and don't let themselves be led by popular opinion. The federation will also hold itself to the facts."