Former Kelme director Vicente Belda and his son caught up in Operacion Ilex doping investigation

Former Kelme directeur sportif Vicente Belda and his son Vicente, who works for the
Astana Qazaqstan team, are reportedly under investigation after Spain’s Guardia Civil police force dismantled a drug trafficking ring that supplied drugs to athletes and offered other sporting services including university-run stress tests and medical analysis.

Codenamed Operacion Ilex, the police investigation began in January 2021 when the Guardia Civil started to look into a suspected ring based in Caceres in western Spain. So far, two people have been arrested and a further six are under investigation.

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