Great Britain’s Jason Kenny has been awarded the gold medal for the men’s individual sprint competition at the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships following the UCI’s decision to inflict a one-year backdated suspension on France’s Grégory Baugé.
Kenny (left) on the podium with Grégory Baugé (centre) and Sir Chris Hoy (right)
Kenny finished in the silver medal position in Apeldoorn back in March 2011 with Sir Chris Hoy finishing third. Hoy will now be awarded the silver medal. Great Britain’s team sprint result has also been amended from a bronze into a silver.
Speaking of the announcement, Jason said: “The news came as quite a surprise and whilst it’s an honour to get my first senior World Championship title, I would have preferred to have achieved it under different circumstances. I am looking forward to riding the rest of the season wearing the rainbow jersey.”
The UCI statement read : “Following the decision on November 8th of the Fédération Française de Cyclisme’s (FFC) National Disciplinary Commission to inflict a one-year backdated suspension – from December 23rd 2010 to December 22nd 2011 – on Grégory Baugé for violation of article 21.4 of the UCI Anti-doping Regulation (two breaches of applicable requirements regarding rider availability and one missed test in 18 months) the UCI today informed the FFC that all the results obtained by the rider and by any team of which he was a member during that period have been nullified by this decision (art. 12.1.032.1 and art. 12.1.035).
“The UCI is therefore obliged to correct the results of the events in which Grégory Baugé participated during this period.
“As a consequence, the rider and the French team lose their individual sprint and team sprint titles won at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in March 2011.”