Court in Louvain suspects 19 professional athletes of doping
Friday, 31 October 2014
After a 2-and-a-half-year investigation the Louvain justice department has decided to bring a doctor specialising in sports medicine before the court. The doctor is suspected of doping practices at his Roulers surgery. He is accused amongst other things, of ozone-enriched blood transfusions and of actively recommending doping methods, according to Het Nieuwsbald and De Standaard today. Numerous athletes are implicated in this case, and at least 19 –more-or-less well known cyclists and cyclo-cross racers – risk suspension.
For the justice department any treatment involving ozone-enriched blood is illegal. “In our eyes they are guilty of doping”, suggests the Louvain prosecutor’s office. Cases will now be handed out to the relevant authorities dealing with doping, and they will decide if the athletes involved are suspended or not.