After her positive EPO test in September 2019, Ophélie Claude-Boxberger was this Wednesday suspended for two years by the sanctions commission of the French Anti-Doping Agency. The middle distance specialist is preparing her return to competition even if the AFLD, which requested an eight-year sanction, can appeal.
Ophélie Claude-Boxberger, are you satisfied with this decision?
I am a little disappointed because I was hoping for a relaxation. After that, I’ve been suspended for 18 months, so there are about six months left before I resume competition. They nevertheless retained, in the writings, that Alain Flaccus (her ex-father-in-law and assistant, whom she accuses of having doped her without her knowledge, editor’s note) could be at the origin of the injection … I I’m going to take advantage of this time to continue training and come back stronger.
So you don’t intend to appeal?
The decision hasn’t been made yet, we need to discuss it with my lawyer. But given that there are only six months left before resorting, I don’t know if it can be interesting.
How have you been living these past 18 months?
It was very difficult to get through this hurricane. On November 5, 2019 (start of his temporary suspension), my life came to a standstill. I will try to take things away from this experience: surround myself with better people, pay attention to those around me. For example, I regret having reinstated Alain Flaccus. My relatives, my training group, my club have always supported me. My detractors were rather anonymous people, on social networks. I also understand that the Federation can keep a right of reserve in relation to this story and that they await the decision before being able to pronounce… These 18 months have allowed me to take stock and to envisage the future more calmly. .
A page is turning for you?
On the sporting aspect, yes. Then there is the judicial side, with the complaint that I filed against Alain Flaccus for poisoning and another complaint for aggravated rape (she accuses him of having raped her between 2002 and 2007, when she was a minor, editor’s note. ).
What are your sporting ambitions today?
I never stopped training, that’s what kept me hopeful and moving forward. There is one race that is very close to my heart, it’s the Arnay-le-Duc cross (Côte d’Or), where my daddy’s brother lives. It takes place on November 11th and I would really like to come back to competition there. On the medium-term objectives, there will be the indoor world championships, the European championships and the ultimate objective remains the Olympic Games of 2024. It gives me a little time to rebuild myself, to recover psychologically from these. 18 months very complicated and to consider the rest more calmly.