September 02, 2011 (Montreal, QC) – Dr. Maurice Duquette, the orthopedic surgeon who prescribed doping products (including EPO) to cyclist Geneviève Jeanson and others, will not have to pay a $24,000 fine imposed by the Collège des médecins of Quebec according to a August 22nd ruling by the Tribunal des professions reports La Presse.
The fine was originally imposed following the Jeanson affair – read more HERE. But Dr. Duquette still faces other disciplinary sanctions, including a one-year suspension from practicing medicine that ban began on August 22.
Jeanson, who just celebrated her 30th birthday on August 29, was previously known as Canada’s ‘golden girl’ of road cycling. She racked up an impressive list of cycling victories, including four wins at the Montreal Women’s Road World Cup on Mount Royal in 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2005, winning an incredible seven minutes ahead of the second place finisher in 2001.
There were persistent rumours that she was doping but Jeanson denied these until 2007 when she admitted on Radio Canada television to taking EPO almost her entire cycling career, beginning at age 16 – read more HERE. As part of the fallout from that 2007 confession, Jeanson was stripped of her Mt. Washington hill climbing record in June of this year – click HERE.
The Tribunal des professions ruled in favour of Dr. Maurice Duquette regarding the $24,000 fine simply because it was not part of an agreement previously worked out between the Collège des médecins of Quebec and Duquette’s lawyer.
Duquette’s legal case has taken some strange twists and turns since 2002. In 2003 the doctor originally admitted guilt on 14 charges levelled by the Collège, but then reneged on four of these charges. The case has bounced around the legal system for years, going as far as the Supreme Court of Canada in 2007 where Duquette lost on the point of his original guilty plea and then changed his mind. The Collège has been working on the dossier since 2007.
The tribunal’s decision also prevents Duquette from taking professional athletes as patients after his one year ban expires, and prevents him from prescribing performance-enhancing drugs. Pedal understands that Duquette is merely facing disciplinary sanctions from the Collège des médecins with no criminal charges being executed against him.
As reported previously, anti-doping laws in some other countries also target the athlete’s entourage including coaches and doctors. Sports lawyer Patrice Brunet has called for similar legislation in Canada – read more HERE.
La Presse article HERE.