Jeanson's coach and doctor banned for life

André Aubut

André Aubut (Image credit: Jon Devich)

André Aubut and Maurice Duquette, the coach and doctor of Canadian cyclist Geneviève Jeanson, were suspended for life on Wednesday by the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport (CCES) administering doping products to Jeanson, according to the AFP.

The proceedings were launched a year ago after Jeanson, the 1999 road race and time trial junior world champion, admitted to taking erythropoietin (EPO) when she was 16 years old.

"The sanctions taken against Jeanson's coach and doctor show that athletes do not take drugs alone, most of the time," said Louis Barbeau, general manager of the Quebec Cycling Federation, indicating that he was satisfied with the sanctions.

"Our association is considering imposing additional sanctions, and we will review the results and qualifications obtained by Jeanson," said the president of the Canadian Cycling Association, John Tolkamp.

This is the first time since the creation of the world anti-doping code that the Canadian authorities have suspended the coach and doctor of an athlete.

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