The cyclist Gabriel Marin said he made the biggest mistake of his life. He admitted to doping and received a penalty of three years without competing. He was one of the three cyclists who helped an investigation to find guilty Juan Carlos Rojas for the presence of prohibited substances, administration and complicity, sanctioning him with 8 years without competing.
Doping is the use of banned athletic performance-enhancing drugs. Three cyclists tested positive in the Vuelta a Costa Rica in 2017. Two of them were sanctioned with a three-year suspension and the other with a one year and nine month sanction.
Marin reported getting carried away by trusting experienced people he thought were looking out for his good. He regrets putting his confidence in them but takes full responsibility since he ultimately made the decision to take the drugs.
From now on, he dedicates himself to instilling in athletes respect for the rules and a healthy lifestyle. He plans to keep training and return to the sport once the three years pass.