French sprinter Ophelie Claude-Boxberger affirmed on Wednesday that she has been prohibited for a very long time for testing positive for EPO in September 2019, and will miss the Tokyo Olympics.
The 32-year-old center distance expert had argued her blamelessness, telling a French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) free disciplinary board hearing on March 16 that her ex-father-in-law and right hand, Alain Flaccus, had infused her with EPO without her insight.
This contention may have affected the meeting on the grounds that the offense conveys a greatest discipline of eight years and Claude-Boxberger has just gotten an antedated suspension that closes on November 5 this year.
“Given the medical issue, it is anything but a major frustration to miss the Olympics,” the previous French indoor 1,500m and 3,000m steeplechase champion told AFP. “My objective is still to focus on the 2024 Paris Olympics in the long distance race.”
“I was confronting eight years, so I could be glad, yet I am not on the grounds that I generally requested to be absolved. I generally clarified that I was honest,” she said.
The AFLD, which couldn’t be reached by AFP, can request the choice.