& # 39; The strongest thing I've had is a cup of coffee & # 39 ;: Blind triathlete is banned from participating in doping scandal – but he has NEVER failed a drug test
- Gerrard Gosens, 49, is a professional athlete who has been blind all his life
- He was banned from participating when his guide tested positive for doping
- Although Grosens was not involved, they were both punished
A blind triathlete is banned from fulfilling his lifelong dream in the midst of a doping scandal, but he claims that he has never had anything stronger than coffee.
Triathlete Gerrard Gosens, 49, has been blind all his life, but it has never prevented him from climbing Mt Everest and representing Australia in international sports competitions, The Sunday Project reported.
But his dreams of competing for the country in the Paralympic Games were carried away after his guide Stephen Thompson tested positive for a banned substance.
Triathlete Gerrard Gosens, 49, has been blind all his life, but it has never prevented him from climbing Mt Everest and representing Australia in international sports competitions
Despite the fact that the Brisbane athlete played no role in the positive result, the scandal revealed a loophole in the system that prevented both men from doing a professional match.
& # 39; I have been tested throughout my career as an athlete for three para games and world championships. The strongest thing I've had is a cup of coffee or a sports drink, & said Gosen.
Thompson rode in second place in a race two days prior to a race with Gosens.
While both athletes produced negative results for drug tests conducted prior to the race they ran together, Thompson tested positive for the drug erythropoietin after his solo race according to the program.
& # 39; I would understand if my guide raced with me on that date and was positive about drugs, I would understand that there might have been an advantage somewhere in the race, & # 39; said Gosens.
But his dreams of competing for the country in the Paralympics were carried away after his once trusted guide Stephen Thompson tested positive for a banned substance
The disqualification meant that it was almost impossible for Grosens to participate in the Paralympic Games in 2020.
Although the triathlete could challenge the decision at the Confederation of Australian Sports, it would cost him tens of thousands of dollars.
Thompson said he had taken the medicine for a tooth infection while in Bali.
& # 39; People don't understand what a blind person needs to do a triathlon, & # 39; Grosner said.
& # 39; There is trust, there is coordination with your guides, there are the obligations.
& # 39; I have the cuts, I have the big bruises on the arms of the ropes in the pool, and I know what I have done psychologically.
& # 39; I would understand if my guide raced with me on that date and was positive about drugs, I would understand that there might have been an advantage somewhere in the race, & # 39; said Gosens (photo). The disqualification meant that it would be almost impossible for Grosens to fulfill his dream and participate in the Paralympics 2020
& # 39; I had a lot of faith in my guide Stephen, and for that I now have a huge loss, both from the perspective of an athlete and from the perspective of a friend. & # 39;
Triathlon Australia's CEO Miles Stewart insisted on the rules.
& # 39; We feel sorry for him and we feel sorry for him, & # 39; Stewart explained.
& # 39; He understands the rules of the game and unfortunately he has fallen on the wrong side of those who are not guilty, but (he) is still in the same situation. & # 39;
Grosner said he would try to earn enough points to qualify for the Paralympics, but it seemed out of reach.
& # 39; I am fighting a very big fight. & # 39;
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