Vicente Belda and his son, investigated in a doping network


The Guardia Civil accuses them of planning training sessions with banned substances in exchange for 3,000 euros per year per athlete

The Civil Guard is investigating ex-cyclist and former sports director Vicente Belda and his son (Vicente Belda García) for their alleged relationship to a sports doping plot that led to the arrest of Extremadura doctor Marcos Maynar last May, accused of trafficking in unauthorized drugs in Spain.

The “Ilex operation”, carried out by the Central Operating Unit (UCO), identified all parts of the alleged criminal group operating from Cáceres and prepared training plans related to doping, which was compensated with the payment of up to 3,000 euros per athlete and season A minor has been identified among the end users.

As specified in a statement by the Civil Guard, the network was committed to the illegal distribution of drugs inside and outside Spain, as well as the manufacture of these substances banned in sports, “being the recipients of top athletes”.

Sources of the investigation specified that the alleged leader of the group was also Marcos Maynar, arrested in May during an operation in which his assistant at the University of Extremadura lab was also arrested for allegedly committing drug trafficking and doping offenses in sports, among others. to a criminal group and money laundering.

Six other people are under investigation, including Vicente Belda, a historic cyclist and director of this sport who has already been hit by ‘Operation Puerto’, also for doping. A son of his, Vicente Belda García, a masseur in the Astana team, is also among those under investigation in the proceedings led by the Investigating Judge 4 of Cáceres.

The drugs and banned substances reached athletes through “secure channels,” third-party interventions to obscure the doctor-athlete relationship, and in some cases were delivered directly to elite athletes.

The operation, which is still open, is being carried out by the Health and Doping Department of the Central Operational Unit (UCO), in close collaboration with the State Agency Spanish Commission for the Fight against Doping in Sport (CELAD), the Spanish Agency or Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS), International Testing Agency (ITA) and the Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM).

Source: La Verdad


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