Jesus Manzano insists he is prepared to take his doping allegations against Kelme to a higher court
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Following the announcement that a Madrid judge had dropped the investigation into alleged doping within the Kelme team because of lack of evidence, Jesus Manzano, the ex-Kelme rider who made the allegations, has said he will now take his case abroad. Manzano told one Spanish paper that he was not surprised by the decision because “there is no justice in Spain”. Speaking to AS, the paper in which he first made his lengthy allegations of doping within the Kelme team, Manzano said he felt there was no real desire to investigate his claims. “If they investigate in this way then things are still going to happen. How can it be that a drug trafficker can talk in AS but Spanish justice does nothing about the situation?” Asked about the judge’s ruling that there was no proof to back up his claims, Manzano responded: “No proof? Then what are those prescriptions I got from the doctors? There is also a witness who is ready to talk and they haven’t spoken to him. Another example – where are the medical products I took to the Spanish federation? Have they been analysed?” Manzano said that he believes Spain needs laws dealing specifically with drug taking within sport, much as there are in France and Italy. He also insisted he is not finished with the case yet? “As well as appealing the decision in Spain, we are even thinking of perhaps taking the case abroad,” he said. Unsurprisingly, the judge’s verdict was welcomed by former Kelme and current Comunitat Valenciana directeur sportif Vicente Belda. “I always said the truth would out, and that’s how it has turned out,” Belda told Marca. Belda also indicated that his legal team would now be looking at taking action against Manzano for damages caused to the team manager.