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Byron Pope’s test revealed four banned substances Print E-mail
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Written by By Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 14 July 2016 00:00

For an athlete to challenge a suspension for doping they would have to make an application to the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland. Top Belizean cyclist Byron Pope is unlikely to do so after the National Anti-Doping Association (NADA) handed down a two year suspension on Thursday, July 7, for doping in the 26th Annual Krem New Years Cycling Classic.

According to NADA, “The cyclist tested positive for the In-competition prohibited substances: Androstanediol Androsterone, Epitestosterone, Etiocholanolone, Testosterone all included as Endogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroid.” With this amount of banned substances in his system, it is difficult to believe Pope accidentally used performance enhancers. He is now the second top finisher to be suspended for samples taken from the 26th Classic.

Gregory Lovell and Byron Pope finished second and third in the 26th Annual Krem New Year’s Cycling Classic. It was a proud day for Belizean sports enthusiasts and a great way to start the year. The National Anti-Doping Association was responsible to take samples from the top three finishers of the race and two random selections. Lovell and Pope were tagged by NADA Chaperones immediately after they crossed the finish line and monitored until they reported to the testing site at the Rogers Stadium to provide urine samples. Unfortunately, both cyclists’ samples returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF), which means they failed the Anti-Doping Test. Lovell tested positive for a Glucocorticoid Steroid. The In-Competition prohibited substance that he tested for was Dexamethasone.

The Results Management Authority of the Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO-CAM) held a hearing on March 1, 2016, where the facts were presented to the cyclists. A second hearing was held on Wednesday, March 23. The panel included a RADO representative from Panama who chaired the session. He was joined by a representative from the national anti-doping agency of Honduras and Nick Dujon from Belize. The organization handed down its sanction against Gregory Lovell on Wednesday, March 30, with a two year suspension. According to sources, Pope requested that his “B-Sample” be tested and presented an anti-inflammatory product he was using to find out if it was responsible for the positive test. The “B-Sample” also returned an AAF.

Pope’s suspension runs effectively from February 29, 2016 to February 29, 2018. He will be tested from time to time by the National Anti-Doping Organisation during this period.