It's my life, not a soap opera, regrets the French athlete Claude-Boxberger
PARIS: French athlete Ophelie Claude-Boxberger , who tested positive for EPO in September and awaits news of a possible ban, says she is fed up with people talking about her life as if it were a soap opera.
The 3,000-meter obstacle course specialist has been at the center of a sordid affair that has shot up into invisible depths after constantly denying that he had taken an anti-doping substance.
Claude-Boxberger turned his gaze to Alain Flaccus, his mother's partner and part of his training setup.
Flaccus admitted last November that he had been given an injection of the prohibited EPO drug to increase endurance while sleeping. Claude-Boxberger filed charges for poisoning.
The 31-year-old athlete, who has 14 French national medals to her name, later accused Flaccus of rape dating back to when she was a teenager, something the latter denies.
I wonder 'when is it going to end?' Claude-Boxberger told AFP in an interview.
My life is like that, maybe sad, things have happened to me.
People joke that it's like a soap opera. But it's me they're talking about.
To complicate matters, Claude-Boxberger had a difficult time at the September World Championships in Doha as he finished a distant last in his heat. The disappointing result followed revelations that she was in a relationship with the French team's medical director, Jean-Michel Serra.
Serra left his post midway through the championship for personal reasons.
After our relationship emerged, the nightmare continued on the worlds of Doha, he said.
People from the training team (French) were spying on us, trying to take photos of us. We could not continue living our relationship.
Claude-Boxberger said he wants to report Flaccus for rape after he tore his privacy apart.
I don't want to pay for everything, I've already paid enough with his sexual assaults, he said.
I don't want to lose my career as an athlete, it's pretty much all I have left.
When I think of all the sacrifices I've made, it makes me angry.
the coronavirus The pandemic has slowed the wheels of anti-doping justice, something Claude-Boxberger described as a long wait amid accusations by the athlete that authorities had not presumed his innocence.
In reality, the eastern France PE teacher faces a four-year ban on the track.
Looking ahead and despite that possible ban, Claude-Boxberger said he had been trying to wrap up his track career at the Tokyo Olympics , now postponed for 12 months until 2021.
Then he would try to emulate his father Jacky, who finished 42nd in the 1984 Olympic marathon in Los Angeles, competing in that event in the Paris Olympics in 2024.