Former Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes reveals she tested positive and served a three-month ban in secret in 1994

Cycling Canada insists it will learn from its mistakes after a doping ban served by former rider Clara Hughes was kept secret for more than 20 years.

In her memoirs, set to be released this week, Hughes revealed that she tested positive after the World Championships in 1994 but her three-month ban was only known about by her national team manager and three other people, who kept silent.

The governing body was reportedly contacted by Hughes in August, according to CTV, and told that the autobiography would reveal the anti-doping violation.

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And although anti-doping practices have moved on a great deal since 1994, Cycling Canada says it cannot condone the secrecy that surrounded this incident.

“Regardless of the practices of the day, Cycling Canada believes in full, fair and open disclosure of all doping related offences,” a statement said.

“Cycling Canada is proud of its current role as a leader in the anti-doping movement and remains committed to learning from the mistakes of the past so we don’t make them again.”

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Hughes won two bronze medals at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and went on to win the Commonwealth Games time trial in Manchester six years later.

She then turned her hand to speed skating, winning four medals across three Winter Olympics between 2002 and 2010, before returning to the road for the 2012 Olympics, where she finished fifth in the time trial.

  • Gary Jogela

    Can you remember Maradona getting kicked out of the 94 world cup?he had tested positive for ephedrine.said it was in a cold remedy he had used.the experts reckoned that the presence of the substance in the cold remedy was so minute that he would have had to drink a tanker full to register the level he had in his bloodstream.

  • messenger666


    It was for ephedrine – found in cough, allergy and other over the counter meds – most undisclosed on the packages AT THAT TIME – and 21 years ago.

    This athlete has never tested positive for anything again, nor has there ever been any suspicion surrounding her, unlike some others (Longo comes to mind).

    The federation is making a statement to get out in front of it B4 the release of the book & to cover its butt.

    If it was EPO or blood boosting, there SHOULD be some concern. But ephedrine?

  • Andrew Bairsto

    Have things changed I do not think so ,the only think to change are the doctors are much more clever than before and the comments by a British team are just a joke on the circuit .The whole of athletics is suspect with one of the biggest culprits now in a high place in athletics.

  • FPCyclist


  • FPCyclist

    Will Cycling Canada reveal all other deals of this nature? One has to believe that Clara’s case is hardly unique, especially since this nonsense occurred during the Dark Ages of Cycling. Love how these organizations wrap an ad for their glorious and righteous present around their fetid past. Self-serving numpties.

  • Gary Jogela

    Wow that dope stuff did her good