Trinidad and Tobago has been stripped of two of its three Pan American 2019 cycling medals. The development has made headlines today after accusations arose that a T&T athlete has tested positive for drug use. The announcement was made in a press release by Pan Am Sports on Thursday.
The test result stems from a doping test conducted at the 2019 Lima Games in Peru. T&T lost its team cycling gold and an individual cycling medal with the sole gold medal remaining in the possession of Nicholas Paul who held an individual sprint gold.
The matter has not been denied or confirmed by the Trinidad and Tobago team’s attorney, Tyrone Marcus. He however said Pan Am Games had breached confidentiality protocol and the matter is before an adjudicatory panel. He said the information put out by Pan American Sports is currently being challenged by Trinidad and Tobago.
In a media statement, Panam Sports Secretary General, Ivar Sisniega said:
“We have been very careful with the issue of doping at the Pan American Games of Lima 2019, respecting all the corresponding protocols and processes. After our executive committee meeting, we have officially approved the decisions of the disciplinary commission and the respective disqualifications of the athletes involved, and this has generated the changes we are reporting today. With this, we close the medal table of our Games.”