SJ Mercury News reports Tammy Thomas was convicted of perjury for denying taking steroid in the BALCO case.
The CyclingNews quietly notes Dick Pound's failure to attain the presidency of the CAS.
In more CyclingNews it appears that Astana is not unwelcome everywhere, it has a race to compete in in July in Austria. It has been invited to the Österreich Rundfahrt and the director of the race acknowledges that the team has done all it can to ameliorate past sins by cleaning up its and cycling's image. Since March Madness has spilled into April perhaps the analogy for Astana of getting an invite to the NIT, rather than the "big dance", is apt.
ESPN posts a Reuters story on the Greek weightlifting team and PED use, apparently cycling isn't the only sport with "problems".
The AFP reports Parric Clerc's response to accusations by Pat McQuaid that the ASO is attempting to usurp the UCIs position as the world cycling federation:
McQuaid recently suggested that Tour bosses had threatened riders with not being invited to the July race if they did not race Paris-Nice, which Clerc denied.
"ASO is not using the Tour de France as an instrument of blackmail to the riders, managers or sponsors," he added. "The Tour is the number one cycling event in the world and has always promoted strong values of equality and friendship.
In the meantime the CPA may have to sue the FFC for answers about why 2007 Tour de France riders have not been paid in full. And so it goes.
Velo Vortmax read the recently published study by Dr. Jenny Jakobsson Schultz on genetic variants and their effects on t/e ratios and is appalled at WADA's stubbornness to accept that the standard ratio of 4:1 indicating use of exogenous testosterone may be faulty. But, Vv feels WADA's intractability on that issue is only one of many problems which usurp its credibility:
No matter. WADA world can't even agree among the laboratories as to what criteria constitutes a positive IRMS result. The WADA Technical Documents are vague. Testosterone metabolites measured are selected at random. Uncertainty in measurement(s) are ignored. Laboratory personnel are unqualified in testing sequences, inexperienced, prone to make errors. But WADA will never invest the money needed to correct these problems. Why? Because WADA would rather budget to pay for prosecutions against athletes who appeal their bad lab results. WADA would rather defend idiots like Dick Pound from lawsuits. WADA would rather waste time with nonsense than to invest in hard science.
The Steroid Report is also highly critical of WADA's current testing practices and its apparent inability to adjust its thinking in line with new scientific implications:
The unreliability of the testosterone:epitestosterone ratio test (T:E ratio) and WADA’s insistence on its infallibility only further undermines the credibility of WADA
NewmaForma has faced some incredibly awful injuries, one of which mirrors Floyd Landis' hip fracture.
Carlton Reid over at Quickrelease.tv wonders what poor Dick Pound will do now?
September 07: Hearing Award
October 07: Hue's Hearing Appraisal
November 07: Major document Release
January 08: Larry's Curb Your Anticipation
Friday, April 04, 2008