Former Olympian Clara Hughes has revealed a previously concealed doping violation.
In her new biography, “Open Heart, Open Mind”, Hughes says she tested positive for a banned substance in 94, and that the violation was intentionally kept quiet.
Hughes, a six-time Olympic medalist for Canada in speed skating and cycling, admitting she tested positive for the banned substance ephedrine.
She was told of the finding by Canada’s national team director, Pierre Hutsebaut, a few months after the world championships in Sicily,
After some thought she decided not to talk about it, insisting she did not know how it got into her system.
She was advised to take a three month suspension in the off season and never mention the findings to anyone.
Hughes was Canada’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics.