Christophe Fauviah being led away by authorities

DRUGGING THE COMPETITION:

A retired French colonel (Christophe Fauviau, pictured above) is accused of trying to boost his children’s tennis results by drugging their opponents has admitted he spiked the water bottle of rival player who later died in a car crash.

Christophe Fauviau, whose daughter Valentine, 15, is one of France’s brightest prospects, made his confession at the start of his trial.  He is charged with the manslaughter of Alexandre Lagardere by unintentionally causing him to fall asleep at the wheel of his car.

Fauviau, 46, is also accused of administering toxic substances to 21 of Valentine’s opponents-and six of his son's opponents.   Fauviau, who faces up to 20 years in jail, told the court he resorted to drugging opponents because he was permanently being judged by his children’s performances on the tennis courts.

Other opponents suffered various symptoms including weak knees, dizziness, nausea, and fainting.  Some needed hospital treatment. Fauviau was allegedly seen by one of his intended victims tampering with his water bottle in the dressing room.  Tests revealed the presence of Temesta.

In court, Fauviau begged for forgiveness from Lagardere’s family.

Sources: Colin Randall in Paris, photo credit: AP

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