‘In 2011, KNWU concealed a positive doping test for a successful Dutch driver’ | NOW

The Dutch cycling association KNWU concealed a positive doping test by a successful Dutch driver in 2011, reported Bicycle lightning Thursday. Partly at the request of the driver, the news was not published at this time.

The driver, who took part in international competitions for the KNWU, was tested positive for the banned drug rHepo on May 4, 2011 during an out-of-competition test. He decided to end his career immediately.

The driver’s name was not disclosed. “We think it’s up to the driver and / or the authorities to get out,” he says Bicycle lightning.

The driver has confirmed the positive doping test. “At the time, KNWU director Huib Kloosterhuis accepted my request not to make the positive test public for family reasons. Since I stopped cycling immediately, this was possible. According to Kloosterhuis, this was possible within the framework of the regulations,” he tells the website.

“Consideration due to private circumstances”

According to General Director Thorwald Veneberg of the KNWU, who worked as technical director in 2011, private circumstances were the basis for concealing the positive test.

“This assessment was made by the director at the time,” says Veneberg. “He informed me about it at the time. It was an extremely difficult and sad (family) time for the person concerned. Due to the personal circumstances and because the driver stopped, it was decided – for once – not to publish this.

KNWU chairman Marcel Wintels, who was also president of the cycling association in 2011, did not want to comment. The international cycling union UCI is investigating the case.