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Team Canada send triathlete home

26 July 2002

Team Canada has sent home triathlete Kelly Guest after being informed of a positive doping test at a World Cup event on 14 July.

The testing of the “A” sample of Guest, of Victoria, B.C., was found to be positive for nandrolone or precursors: norandrosterone, with a reading of 3.06+/- 0.02 ng/ml. This constitutes a doping infraction under the Commonwealth Games Canada’s anti-doping policy and the Canadian Policy on Doping in Sport. In accordance with these policies, Kelly Guest has been removed from the Commonwealth Games team and will be returning home from Manchester 26 July, 2002.

Marg McGregor, Chef de Mission for the Canadian Team in Manchester stated, “Obviously, this is upsetting news for Kelly, the Canadian triathletes, and the entire Commonwealth Games team. The upcoming weeks will be very difficult for Kelly, and we will do what we can to support him. In the meantime, the overall Canadian team now needs to focus its attention on the 10 days of competition ahead in order to achieve our performance and excellence objectives.”

Guest broke down as he told a press conference at the Main Press Centre in Manchester:

“Representing Canada in the Commonwealth Games has been a dream of mine for a long time and the last 24 hours have been more like a nightmare than a dream.

“I don’t know how this happened. I do take nutritional supplements but these are well known brands, something any athlete may take. I now have to try and understand what has happened.”

“The first thing I have to do is just to find out what this is all about. I have a lot to learn and to do in the next few days.”

Triathlon Canada’s President, Bill Hallet, said: “This is a very difficult time for Kelly, and we will certainly support him through the entire process. Triathlon Canada is committed to drug free sport, and the processes which ensure the integrity of our athletes and our Federation. Drugs are not part of the culture of triathlon.”

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