Shvetsov upset by drug allegations

2010-11-04 00:00

TWO-time Comrades marathon winner Leonid Shvetsov has dismissed claims that he has been involved in distributing banned substances to fellow athletes.

It was reported in a leading runners’ magazine that Shvetsov was accused by a fellow international marathon runner of “being the well-known supplier of the performance enhancing drug EPO to fellow athletes training at his international training camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico”.

Said Ray de Vries, Shvetsov’s spokesperson, “I chatted to Leonid in Russia today and he is very upset that a fellow athlete could even suggest that he was in any way connected to the taking of illicit substances by athletes.

“Leonid is an Olympian and has won marathons and ultra-marathons worldwide; he has won Comrades Marathon twice and placed a number of times. He has a number of race records around the world. He has been tested 50 times or more and has never been tested positive. Now an athlete who has admitted to doping names Leonid as the bad guy — what a load of crap … How can anyone include Leonid’s good name to doping?” he asked.

“This makes a mockery of drug tests at our Comrades Marathon — he has been tested every time and has never been tested positive.”

De Vries went on to say that he had been in contact with Shvetsov in Russia on Tuesday.

“I have advised Leonid to take legal opinion as his future career has been compromised by unfounded rumours. We have asked the athlete involved to explain his actions,” said De Vries.

De Vries also said that some well-known athletes, including a well-known South African Comrades winner who tested positive, have stayed at the training camp.

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