Volume: 11 Issue: 1
The National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF) has initiated a case against professional cyclist Michael Rasmussen, who has admitted doping throughout his 1998 to 2010 professional career in a confession to Anti-Doping Denmark (ADD). As Rasmussen was banned for two years in 2007 for test evasion, this second offence would ordinarily result in an eight-year ban. However, DIF and ADD will argue for a reduced two-year sanction under Article 10.5.3 of the World Anti-Doping Code, as he has provided ‘substantial assistance’ in helping to implicate others.
“He has, in interrogations, provided a range of information that we now need to process further”, said ADD Director Lone Hansen, but declined to give details. Hearings took place in cooperation with anti-doping authorities from the Netherlands (Doping Autoriteit), the USA (USADA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency, and Rasmussen has agreed to make himself available to anti-doping authorities again in the future, if needed.
Rasmussen confessed to substance use including Erythropoietin (EPO), cortisone, hormones and blood transfusions. “Recently, we have seen Lance Armstrong choose to participate in a television interview and refuse to talk to anti-doping authorities”, said Hansen. “I am pleased that Michael Rasmussen chose a different model”.
Hansen thanked international colleagues for their cooperation in the investigation. “The fight against doping has developed much in recent years, and athletes can no longer hide behind a negative test”, he said. “It is a challenge purely in terms of resources to work this way, but the results of the work have been good. We are also ready to listen if there are other current or former athletes who will contribute their knowledge for the benefit of sport’s future.”
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