An unexpected turn of events led to the Szczepaniak brothers’ suspension but a recent press release from the UCI President Pat McQuaid and WADA President John Fahey absolves the brothers from their EPO case.
“It is clear to our organizations that Pawel and Kacper Szczepaniak were simply confused about the nature of their medical care. Mistaking banned substances for routine vitamin injections is a common error that should not be held against these two talented young men.”
The press release explained that the withdrawal of the case was due to family circumstances and financial limitations for the cost of B sample testing.
Support for the Szczepaniak brothers was overwhelming. Fourth placer Tom Meeusen informed reporters that what happened to the Polish brothers can happen to anybody. “Any of us could accidentally inject a banned substance twice a week without knowing it,” said Meeusen.
Arnaud Jouffroy, who held the championship title after Pawel’s suspension, also mirrored the support Meeusen showed. Jouffroy believes that the rainbow jersey was won fairly. “The rainbow jersey they were going to give to me is tainted by this unjust prosecution of two innocent brothers. I see that I deserved the bronze medal and will gladly accept it,” Said Jouffroy.
UCI Cyclocross representative Sven Nys agrees on UCI’s course of action over this incident. “I am gratified that the victory will be restored. It is impossible to think such nice individuals could have been guilty of using doping products,” said Nys.
McQuaid sympathizes with the Szczepaniaks’ plight. “I know exactly where the Szczepaniaks were coming from…I expect to see justice done by the end of May.”
The entire incident was chalked to be a sporting error. The return of the championship jersey and medals to the Szczepaniak brothers will be scheduled by UCI.
Via CX Magazine