CLARIFICATION BY GENEVIÈVE JEANSON
Canadian cyclist Geneviève Jeanson has released the following statement in order to clear up some confusion surrounding the fact that her racing license this year was issued by USA Cycling. The statement was issued from Team Rona HQ in Montreal, Canada on 12th March 2004.
On October 11, 2003,
Geneviève Jeanson was declared “unfit to race” by the International
Cycling Union (UCI) for having posted a hematocrit level above the threshold
value in a blood test. A urine test conducted the same day turned out
negative. On November 24, as provided by its regulations, the UCI reinstated
her license after another blood test showed a hematocrit level below the
threshold limit. Under UCI regulations, Jeanson was readmitted to
On December 19, Geneviève
Jeanson voluntarily met with a panel set up by the Canadian Cycling
Association (CCA), in which the Fédération québécoise des sports
cyclistes (FQSC) was invited to participate. The meeting was not for
disciplinary purposes. “I offered to provide the results of the blood
profiles in my medical records since 1999 to a doctor on the panel,”
Jeanson explained. He agreed to handle her records in strict confidence, in
accordance with the medical code of ethics, and to share his conclusions
with the rest of the panel. After the meeting, Jeanson asked third parties
that held her medical information to forward it to the doctor on the panel.
“I also explained to
the panel all the steps I had taken to avoid another incident like the one
in Hamilton, and to make sure I wouldn’t have any health problems. I had
already consulted with a number of specialists, who reassured me on that
On January 4, 2004,
Geneviève Jeanson applied to renew her FQSC license. After some time, when
she had still not received her license, she tried to reach the general
director of the FQSC, Louis Barbeau, by phone, but he did not return her
calls. “It wasn’t until February 6 that I received a letter stating that
the medical information I had promised had not been received,” Jeanson
went on to say. “I immediately called the person who had my records and
repeated my request.” On February 10, 2004, the doctor from the CCA panel
received all the promised blood profiles, and his subsequent report stated,
in substance, that he was unable to draw a meaningful conclusion.
On February 5, 2004, the
board of directors of the FQSC decided not to issue Geneviève Jeanson her
license for 2004. The FQSC invoked no rulings or regulations to support its
decision, citing only “an incomplete file,” despite the fact that the
requested information had been supplied as promised.
On February 19, when Ms
Jeanson withdrew her application, her license had not been issued. She
applied to USA Cycling for a license, which was granted on February 27.
“In terms of cycling
regulations, Geneviève Jeanson was in full compliance, but it’s the
CCA’s practice to let the provinces issue licenses to their members,”
confirmed Pierre Hutsebault, executive director of the Canadian Cycling
Association. Her request to obtain a license from the US is also in
compliance with UCI regulations. There, as in Canada, she will be subject to
anti-doping programs and controls, which will be reinforced in 2004,
following the adoption of the World Anti-Doping Agency Code.
“A racing license is like a driver’s license,” Hutsebault explained. “You apply for a license where you live, but that doesn’t change your nationality. And Geneviève happens to live in the US for most of the year. Her license allows her to race all over the world. She’s still a member of the Canadian national team, and she’ll still wear Canada’s colors when she competes in the world championships or the Olympics.”
Team RONA (www.equiperona.ca) is one of only two Canadian women’s cycling teams in the Elite Category recognized by the International Cycling Union. The team is made up of four Canadian racers (Geneviève Jeanson, Andrea Hannos, Émilie Roy and Erinne Willock), three Americans (Kathryn Curi, Katrina Grove and Anna Milkowski), Israeli Shani Bloch and Australian Helen Kelly. The team has exercised a policy of zero tolerance for banned substances since it was founded in 2000. This policy is explicitly stated in all its contracts.
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