Canadian athlete Clara Hughes has admitted in her new memoir to testing positive for the banned substance ephedrine way back in 1994. She learned about the test results from the head of Cycling Canada, who told her to keep the news secret.
Hughes revealed this fact in an interview with CBC News, ahead of her memoir which was released today, September 8th. She says she could have taken the secret to her grave, but decided to risk judgement and bring it to the public’s attention so she could free herself of the burden.
On Sunday, Cycling Canada stated that they “cannot condone how this matter was handled at the time by any of those involved. Regardless of the practices of the day, Cycling Canada believes in full, fair and open disclosure of all doping related offences. We remain fully committed to the principles of fair play and rigid compliance with the WADA Code.”
Hughes claims that she doesn’t know how ephedrine ended up in her sample, as she swears that she has never doped, and was not taking cough or cold medicine to get over any health issues, which is where ephedrine can be found.
She served a three month suspension during the off season following the positive results.
“People are going to judge me over this. There are people that are going to say that everything I did, I cheated. And I can’t control that,” said Hughes.
Read more about this revelation HERE in the Toronto Sun.
Do you believe her when she says that she doesn’t know how she ended up testing positive? Should we question all of her Olympic wins and other past achievements? Should doping be legalized?