Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Iban is innocent, says anti-doping expert

Iban seems to have a good chance of getting cleared if he decides to take the on-going B-sample dispute to the court. An anonymous anti-doping expert, who've been one of the people in charge of Iban's defense, claimed that the UCI has violated their own rules by testing Iban's B-sample more than once. A B-sample can only be tested once if the original sample is positive, which it was in Iban's case. As the result of the test in Gent returned "inconlusive", which equals "negative" in doping cases, the UCI had no right to send the test to Sydney whatsoever. That alone should be more than enough to clear Iban of all charges, and it doesn't do his case any harm that the test in Australia returned nagative. Moreover, the expert DEIA interviewed, observed several flaws in the testing process at the disgraced Chantenay-Malabry, where the original test was carried out. I find it hard to translate all the details from Spanish to English, but the guys in Paris obviously messed it up. In short, it's about keeping the tinkles for the A-sample and for the B-sample in two different boxes or containers. They kept them in the same place, something which can affect the outcome of a test. That as well should be more than enough to clear Iban. The UCI has nonetheless decided to try their case in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sports, but the anonymous expert doesn't seem too woried. "They (the UCI) will do it it seems, but it doesn't really matter", he said, "I've never seen a more clear case than this one. Iban Mayo is innocent".

6 comments:

Bolsen3 said...

Seems like good news, too bad the guy is anonymous though, that always decrease the credibility. But I hope he's right! Aupa Mayo

Nancy Toby said...

Sorry, Iban, it's not about you any more, it's about making sure Floyd Landis's conviction sticks at the CAS. You're just collateral damage now.

Arnout said...

Oh yeah, Landis must like this soap I think.

Well, doesn't matter. If the lab also messed with Landis, then this is only good. Landis was an hero, it was for the first time in years I saw someone doing a stunt like what he did in the stage to Morzine.

And Magnus, where did you get this article from? Would like to see it :)

I hope Mayo doesn't go to the court earlier than that the B - sample is tested again. If that's negative, its much better for his reputation!

Magnus said...

I got the interview on an e-mail I think, apparently from DEIA, but I couldn't find it on their homepage. And arnout, I agree with you on the waiting thing...

Anonymous said...

The website for the DEIA newspaper is: http://www.deia.es/es/

David said...

I don't know arnout...if I was Iban there is no way I would want any sample of mine going back to Paris for testing. I'd be too worried about spiking the samples...the labs credibility is shot at this point, anyway...

 

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