Camenzind tests positive for EPO

Phonak's Oscar Camenzind is pulled from the Swiss Olympic team and gets sacked by his team after tes


PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE The Swiss Olympic Committee have announced that Phonak rider Oscar Camenzind has been dropped from their team for the Athens Games after testing positive for EPO. The 1998 world champion took the out-of-competition test on July 22. In line with the regulations of the Swiss Olympic Committee, Camenzind was pulled from the Games even before the results of a counter-analysis have been released. The Swiss have until Thursday to announce whether they will call up another rider to replace the 32-year-old Camenzind. Phonak’s zero policy towards doping has resulted in Camenzind’s contract with the Swiss-based team being terminated. The former Lige-Bastogne-Lige and Tour of Lombardy winner had been with Phonak since 2002. Phonak team manager Urs Freuler said of Camenzind: “Any rider who tests positive for a product that improves their results or is found is possession of such a product can expect to be sacked immediately.” According to some reports, Camenzind has admitted administering EPO himself and has absolved his now former team of any responsibility.