Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2018. 7:23 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Elite cyclist Brandon Cattouse was vindicated from allegations of using a banned substance yesterday, following the decision handed down from the single arbitrator of the Regional Anti-Doping Organization.
Cattouse, who had been placed on suspension since April, had appealed the decision of the National Anti-Doping Organization in Belize, on two major grounds: that the NADO did not handle his case according to the principles of natural justice, and that the chain of custody of his urine sample did not meet international standards.
“Mr. Cattouse must be cleared of any responsibility regarding the urine sample (4117958) collected on the 11th of February 2018 because it has been stored in a manner that does not protect its integrity in breach of article 8.3.1 of the International Standard for Testing and Investigations,” the arbitrator said.
Cattouse learned of his suspension on April 26 and was later barred from participating in the National Road Championship due to the suspension. Cattouse filed for an injunction in the Supreme Court which granted him the ability to participate in the race and which ended in the Cycling Federation of Belize postponing the race with only a day’s notice.
Cattouse will be holding a press conference at the Marine Parade Chambers on Monday.
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