Suspended for two years by the sanctions commission of the French agency for the fight against doping (AFLD) in 2019, Ophélie Claude-Boxberger saw, on Tuesday 26 April, his sanction increased to four years by the Council of State, the highest administrative jurisdiction in France . Positive result at the EPO in 2019, the athlete has always asked for her release, while the president of the AFLD has asked that her sanction be increased to eight years.
Although he resumed racing in the fall of 2021, after a two-year suspension, Ophélie Claude-Boxberger sees his suspension extended by two years. However, the athlete has always asked for his release, accusing his father-in-law and coach, Alain Flaccus of having injected him with doping products against his will, but the president of the AFLD college seized the Council of State to challenge this ban limited to two years and the absence of a pecuniary sanction. Believing that the athlete was guilty of forgery, he even asked that the suspension of Ophélie Claude-Boxberger be increased to eight years.
In a statement, the Council of State motivated its decision: “For this dispute similar to that between the president of AFLD and the cyclist Marion Sicot (whose doping suspension was also raised to four years in March) and judged last March, the Council of State believes that neither the reduced duration to two years adopted by the Sanctions Committee, nor the extended duration to eight years requested by the president of the body, are justified with respect to the elements advanced by the parties. For this reason, the Council of State is extending the ban on Ophélie Claude-Boxberger to four years and amending the decision of the AFLD Sanctions Committee..
Misunderstanding dominates in the Claude-Boxberger clan: “VSIt is a denial of justice, the human being is mocked. In support of its justification, the Council of State notes that AFLD has advanced new skills that corroborate the established doping thesis, but these elements are fallacious and are based on a pseudo-positive check at the 2019 Doha World Cup, of which none has ever had evidence “reports Jean-Michel Serra, companion of Ophélie Claude-Boxberger and former federal doctor.
According to him, the athlete, who had just resumed competing, was dejected: “This is news that has shocked her enormously, she is at the bottom of the hole with the darkest ideas, she questions everything. She always had in mind the goal of getting in line for the Paris Marathon 2024., but with the having made this decision, he will not be able to take part in the races before May 2024 and the qualifying races will certainly have already passed “says Jean-Michel Serra.