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IFBB Pro Greg Doucette Targeted for Steroid Testing Because Anti-Doping Officials Held a Vendetta Against Him
November 11th, 2018
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport was out to get Greg Doucette because of his past involvement with steroids
IFBB professional bodybuilder Greg Doucette strongly suspected that he was targeted for steroid testing because anti-doping officials “held a grudge and had a vendetta” against him for previous anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) and criminal steroid-related convictions.
Doucette was suspended for eight years after he refused to provide a urine sample following his participation in the 2018 Tour de Keji in Nova Scotia on May 26, 2018.
Koehler, a DCO employed by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) to collect his sample, told Doucette that he had randomly been selected for drug testing. This was not true.
The CCES had apparently never previously tested any cyclists at local races in Nova Scotia. The CCES did not bother to test any of the winners at the 2018 Tour de Keji. They only tested one person – Greg Doucette. Doucette placed 11th out of 19 cyclists in the novice Category C.
Doucette used steroids as an IFBB pro bodybuilder and was convicted of operating Canadian UGL called Cypher Pharm
Doucette was clearly targeted due to his past. The CCES specifically targeted him because of his previous ADRV, his participation in non-drug tested IFBB bodybuilding competitions and his felony conviction for operating a clandestine steroid UGL.
In 2010, the CCES suspended Doucette for two years after he tested positive for steroids during a powerlifting competition. Doucette “retired” from competing in drug-tested powerlifting events following his suspension. Doucette only competed in powerlifting and bodybuilding competitions that were not drug tested.
In 2012, a Halifax provincial court judge sentenced Doucette to a 20-month conditional sentence and a $50,000 fine after he was convicted of possessing, smuggling, importing, trafficking and distributing anabolic steroids. The conviction was based on his operation of a domestic underground laboratory (UGL) in Canada called “Cypher Pharm”.
Allan Stitt, an independent arbitrator overseeing Doucette’s appeal, found Koehler actions to be totally inappropriate. Stitt reprimanded Koehler for falsely claiming that Doucette had been randomly selected when it was obviously not true. Stitt also instructed the CCES to instruct all of its DCOs to avoid lying about the random selection of athletes in the future.
So Doucette was correct in stating that the CCES was out to get him. Unfortunately, this is how anti-doping officials operate. CCES openly admits discriminating against and targeting specific athletes as part of its anti-doping enforcement policy.
“The CCES is permitted to choose from which athletes to obtain samples and the CCES may target athletes to test if the CCES suspects that those athletes are not operating within the rules,” Stitt said. “The CCES is not required to only select those athletes who have a good result in competition.”