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Cycling Canada Statement on William Goodfellow’s Doping Violation

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November 27, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) – Cycling Canada was extremely disappointed to learn of the anti-doping rule violation by road cyclist William Goodfellow through in-competition testing in August of this year.  There is no room in the sport for deliberate attempts to cheat as this attacks the ethical basis for sport and the values that fair competition promotes.

“We have always said, and will continue to say, that cheating to achieve performances is not and will never be tolerated. We unequivocally advocate for a clean approach to victory for all cyclists in Canada. We have been collaborating diligently with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) on all fronts, and we will relentlessly continue to do so as we promote a drug-free sport,” said John Tolkamp, President of Cycling Canada.

Cycling Canada has been extremely vigilant within the cycling community. As a result of this vigilance and determination a cyclist was caught in the process of cheating. The national organisation will build on its on-going education efforts for a clean sport. The primary focus will be its RaceClean program aimed at ensuring riders compete with integrity within Canadian Cycling.  Cycling Canada educates National Team and other athletes to never use performance enhancing drugs and always race clean. RaceClean was created from the base up, by the athletes, for the athletes that believe in a drug-free sport

The recently completed National Consultation On Doping Activity In The Sport Of Cycling found that education efforts directed towards younger participants in the sport would be the best investment by the stakeholders towards building true sport values within the riders.

While any anti-doping rule violation is disconcerting, it is only through continued vigilance in testing to deter cheating and enhanced education to prevent it that we can rid the sport of this ongoing problem.

Cycling Canada and the CCES need your help to eliminate doping.  You may provide information anonymously on suspected doping activity by calling the HOTLINE 1-800-710-2237 or go to <http://guynf.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=43d085908a13ee5897bf30ce4&id=f612d345da&e=d29a4f46c5>www.cces.ca/en/reportdoping.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Ben Aroundo, ON, Canada says:

    For starters if Canada wants to lessen cheating through doping we need more and better drug testing and the testing of many more athletes. Secondly we need more successful coaches from Europe and Australia to coach our athletes and to teach our home grown unsuccessful coaches.

    Sorry to say that statement but I come from a Cycling Hall of Fame Coach and I know the sport through experience and schooling and visually I can see our riders lacking the basics to achieve their potential or do well at the highest international level.

    As an embarrassing example at the Quebec City and Montreal UCI road races most of the Canadian riders sadly stuck out as being MUCH heavier (10 to 15 lbs) than the other professional riders. In fact the announcer made a joke about it. So, will you tell me a REAL high level professional coach does not have the knowledge or the eye to see that fat and corrected the problem early in the season?

    Or at the World Championships Track Omnium our overly muscular Canadian track star could not stay on the pole line for the flying 200 nor could he stay aero and still on his bike. You mean his professional coach could not see that his athlete had NOT perfected his track racing skills?

    We desperately need competent coaches or some of our riders will resort to doping to make up for their inefficiencies. Some athletes with big egos that are mediocre or even superb athletes who have poor coaching and little cycling knowledge could resort to PEDs to succeed.

    Every time I see a successful Canadian cyclist win at the highest levels ( you can guess who I’m talking about)(been caught and slapped on the wrist) and see his inefficiencies on the bike and his lack of stratigic knowledge (still winning?) I assume he’s doping.

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