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Byron Pope Suspended

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Byron Pope will not compete in the upcoming 88th edition of the Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic due to suspension after positive results on doping tests conducted earlier in the year. This was confirmed by a Pope himself in a television interview last night on 7news. When asked by the reporter if he had been notified by the federation and what sanctions he will face, Pope said,”I won’t be able to participate in the cross country. I’ve been notified of that, that from that date which I got the notification that I am suspended until further outcome of the analysis of this problem“.

Pope is a Krem Classic winner, multiple national champion, has been and continues to be a perennial contender for the Benny’s Megabytes Cycling Team. In this 2016 season, much was expected of Pope as the leader of the team given the fact that for the first time no foreign riders are allowed on local teams. Benny’s is well known for using internationals to bolster their roster. The team recently strengthen their roster with the return of David Henderson and the addition of Jesmar Guerra. Tarique Flowers has been progress extremely well in since coming up from the junior ranks a couple years ago. Phillip Leslie rounds out the current roster as last submitted.

The Cycling Federation of Belize has confirmed their receipt of such notice from NADO, the national anti doping body. They also confirmed that Pope received his notice as well. No other details were provided except to note that Pope does have a hearing to look forward to.

About Isaac Rhys

Isaac Rhys is the Managing Editor at cyclebiz.com. Based in the Belize, he started Cyclebiz in 2015 intent on attracting more attention to local bike races and its participants.

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